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Community Praised for Generous Leukemia Support


The father of a Murray Bridge toddler battling blood cancer says he is absolutely blown away by the incredible generosity of the community.

Almost $110,000 has been raised for the Leukaemia Foundation by Oscar Noye's father Josh and 50 other brave participants in the 'Worlds Greatest Shave' on  5 July at the Adelaide Hills-based Oakbank Hotel.

"I'd just like to thank the whole community at large for your support. The Leukemia Foundation and the World's Greatest Shave support families that have got to relocate from regional and remote areas.... also lots of the money goes towards research and trying to find better and less invasive treatments that still do the same thing, and ultimately try to find a cure for blood cancer," Mr Noye told us.

Oscar's doctor, Martin Altmann, raised the most money individually, donating more than $11,000.

AFL player Chad Wingard from Hawthorne football club and good friend of Josh's, had the second largest donation after running a raffle with a signed guernsey and match-worn boots.

Oscar was diagnosed in April with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

Mr Noye said treatment is going well, but it will be a long road to recovery, with doctors telling his family it could take two years to complete treatment.

For those not sure how to help, Mr Noye recommends reaching out to families going through such grief, to let them know they are not alone.

He also suggests donating blood, as leukemia patients need to have regular blood transfusions during cancer treatment.

Photo at top of Oscar, supplied by Josh Noye