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Son’s head shave for his cancer survivor dad

Joe Cohen during his sponsored head shave

Joe Cohen during his sponsored head shave

A 14-year-old boy is getting used to his hairless head after a sponsored shave inspired by his dad raised more than £470.

Joe Cohen raised the money for Macmillan Cancer Support after they helped his dad Paul, 52, two years ago.

Paul, who lives in Greatworth, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2012 and had to spend six weeks in hospital where he had 17 inches of his bowel removed.

He has recently been given the all clear but the difficult experience stuck with Joe who felt compelled to thank the charity.

Joe, who lives in Brackley with his mum Alex and his 18-year-old sister Abbie, said: “We visited him in hospital a lot but the first time we went, he really wasn’t with it.

“I held his hand and he actually seemed to perk up quite a lot. So I wanted to do something and to raise awareness.”

Joe moves into Year 10 at Magdelen College School in September and was joined at Hot Headed hairdressers in Brackley by 15 of his schoolmates.

They all filmed the cut on their smartphones as Joe quickly lost his thick, black head of hair. Staff at the salon in Draymans Walk shaved his head free of charge and even sponsored Joe £100 themselves.

Keen darts player Paul, who had a course of chemotherapy but was lucky to keep his hair, also had his head shaved and sat next to his son.

“I remember at the time thinking if the worst happens what will happen to him?” Paul said. “I didn’t know what to do. It took me as a right shock.

“But to get the all clear was a relief and that is when Joe decided to do the head shave.

“I said to him, ‘I don’t want to steal your thunder but I’ll get mine done as well’.”

Alex said: “As his mum, I could not be more proud and admire the bravery of his dad.”

 

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