Cobram brother and sister make a hairy choice to sacrifice their locks for leukaemiaTONI BRIENT April 8, 2014 3:56am
Luigi Carpinelli (left) will be shaving sister Louwyana Millsteed-Carpinelli's hair to raise money for cancer research.
Luigi Carpinelli turns 12 tomorrow, and will be celebrating differently than most of his peers.
The St Joseph’s Primary School student will be shaving his sister’s hair to raise money for cancer research in a belated Leukaemia Foundation Shave for a Cure fundraiser.
Louwyana Millsteed-Carpinelli, 17, thought it was fitting to postpone shaving her head until the birthday of the brother who spurred her to do it.
‘‘He is actually a child who doesn’t know he had leukaemia,’’ Louwyana said.
‘‘All he knows is he was very, very ill as a baby. But he doesn’t realise it was leukaemia and how lucky he is to be alive today.’’
Louwyana and Luigi made the decision together, and both said they were looking forward to the event.
‘‘I said to him, ‘Remember when you were really sick? Do you want to shave my head so we can get money to help kids who are sick like you?’,’’ Louwyana said.
‘‘So he will be shaving it. He doesn’t exactly know why, he just knows it’s because he was sick and he wants to help other kids that are sick.
‘‘It’s quite cute really.’’
Luigi was diagnosed with the blood cancer when he was one year old and underwent treatment for two years.
Louwyana said her brother was too young to recall it, but she still remembers watching him battle the disease.
‘‘It was horrible seeing him so sick — and then all the medications,’’ she said.
‘‘He ballooned out and it was all due to the medication. It wasn’t because he was eating or anything — he wouldn’t eat.’’
She said it was difficult watching him miss out on being a ‘‘normal kid’’.
‘‘Because of the leukaemia his bones kept breaking really easily and he broke his leg,’’ Louwyana said.
The teen said she had already raised $400, and hoped to raise much more at the birthday shaving bash at Mivo Park tomorrow.
A sausage sizzle will be held at the event, with all proceeds donated to Louwyana’s cause.
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