Help Kristine beat her brave shave goal
KRISTINE Clegg never got the chance to meet Adem Crosby, but the Buderim teenager's powerful legacy was enough to inspire her to be brave and shave.
The much-loved 19-year-old passed away in May 2013 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
While waiting in the patient lounge at the haematology ward at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2011, Adem started Team Adem, to support the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
Continued by his family, Team Adem is now a fund
raising powerhouse for the Leukaemia Foundation and the fourth largest Red Cross Blood Donation Club Red team in the nation.
When Mrs Clegg met Adem's father Brent Crosby through work in 2014 and heard Adem's story, she and her daughter Tara started giving blood.
However, when her mother passed away suddenly last year, the Buddina mother-of-two took the next step.
"I'd never had an immediate family member die before, and it just drove home what this family has been through," she said.
"Burying my mother was sad enough; you can't imagine burying your child."
Mrs Clegg will shave her head for Team Adem as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave, held annually from March 12-15. She is hoping to raise $5000.
Mrs Clegg will be shaving her head at the Alex Surf Club on Thursday, March 12, from 6.30-9.30pm.
"A big thanks to Ashley Robinson from the surf club for being so supportive and getting behind me as a parent from the surf club, I really appreciate it," Mrs Clegg said.
Entry is $50 per couple which includes a drink on arrival and nibbles.
You can join the Crosbys on Saturday to celebrate what would have been Adem's 21st birthday.
In honour of the event, Team Adem will be holding a blood donation day at the Maroochydore Red Cross Blood Centre.
They hope to reach at least 21 donations.
If you are unable to donate yourself, why not bring along a friend or family member to donate on your behalf?
To make an appointment phone Lu Crosby on 0423 807 211.