Expressing sympathy for cancer victims and what they go through was not enough for Carter Dunn. He wanted to do more and he did: shaving his head in the name of raising money for cancer research.
It was a sudden commitment that Carter was determined to see through when he came home from school one Monday to ask his parents if he could shave his head for charity.
“One of Carter’s friends had a family member who was battling leukaemia and he just came home and said he felt like he wanted to show his support and asked if he could shave off his hair,” Jacqueline Dunn explained.
“Carter literally decided on the Monday that he was going to do it on the Friday of the same week, so we set up his fundraising account and shared it via social media.”
When Friday came, a small amount of nerves kicked in, but Carter had no doubt that he was going to do it. He had the full support of his school friends who still couldn’t quite believe he was going through with it.
Once all his hair was reduced to tiny stubble his first reaction was – “Wow, it’s cold!” Then Carter smiled and said he was proud of himself, as were all his friends who cheered him on.
For Carter’s parents it was one of many proud parent moments they have had, acknowledging that he never hesitates to think of others despite his own personal trials. Carter recently had to undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder.
“We felt mega proud that Carter who has his own personal battles daily, just felt the need to do something for others, acted on it and followed through,” Jacqueline said.
Within five days Carter exceeded the target of $250 that he hoped to raise, instead he reached $440. He has no hesitation in repeating the shave once he has regrown his hair.