MELBOURNE forward Ben Brown will shave his trademark curly locks to support children living with cancer at the club’s 2023 family day.
Brown shared insights into his cousin Grace's long-term leukaemia battle with his teammates ahead of the shave on February 25 at Yarra Park.
It will be the first time since 2019 that Melbourne has held its annual family day after a covid absence, while it will be the first time in ten years that Brown will cut his iconic curls.
Brown is encouraging fans to donate if they’re able, to support him in his quest help sick children and their families.
“Any help that all of you can give me along that journey, knowing what this girl has gone through and what my family's gone through would mean the world to me,” Brown says.
“Grace had a pretty tough time of it throughout her life… when she was six, she was diagnosed with leukaemia.
“She has gone through many years of treatments, many years in the hospital, had a few years of everything's all great and then had a relapse and was diagnosed with leukaemia again.
“Fortunately, Grace is in remission again for a second time following some amazing new technology that's come through called CAR T-cell therapy."
The support of the Challenge organisation was integral during Grace’s battle and Brown will donate the proceeds of his fundraising to the cause.
Demons Family Day
Date: Saturday 25 Feb, 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Yarra Park (exact location and event map TBC)
Inclusions: Player signings from 10.30am – 11.30am, Player presentation from 11.30am