What do you do when life bowls your mate a bouncer? Friends of Jack Gibson, an accomplished cricket player at the Sydney University Cricket Club, have surprised him with their gesture of solidarity after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Jack’s bowling helped the university’s third grade side win the premiership last year and he was recognised with the Club’s Best and Fairest award for an outstanding season. This cricketing ability gained him a place on the Elite Athlete Program (EAP) while carrying out his degree in commerce and liberal studies at Sydney University.
However, an injury to his left knee meant that he had to undergo surgery before Christmas. Whilst recuperating, Jack noticed soreness and a developing lump in his right leg, an x-ray and MRI led to a diagnosis of bone cancer. Instead of returning to Wesley College for his third year, Jack will undergo 28 weeks of chemotherapy and have surgery to replace his knee joint and 20 centimetres of his femur.
The other athletes in the program were devastated that this was happening to their mate and wanted to do something to surprise him. Fellow cricketer and Club Captain Henry Clark says: “We decided to shave our heads in solidarity but then we saw that there was also the potential to do some good. So, we came up with the idea of raising funds for Lifehouse.”
Twelve of the EAP scholarship holders have shaved their heads and Jack’s brother Harry has also rounded up ten of his schoolmates who’ll be shaving theirs on 2 April. They set a fundraising goal of $10,000 which they quickly smashed, at last count they had raised over $24,000.
If you would like to support this bold effort, visit https://braveandshave.everydayhero.com/au/skinheads