People’s bravery is truly inspiring: Mayor Jamieson

BY THE time you read this I may well have no hair on my head. Don't worry, the job hasn't got to me - it's all for a good cause.

As readers of this column know, I signed up for World's Greatest Shave a few weeks ago and became a proud member of Team Adem.

I was lucky enough to meet Adem Crosby on a couple of occasions and you couldn't help but be inspired by him.

Diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, he dedicated the next three years of his life to raising awareness and money for cancer research.

In that time, his Team Adem - consisting of family, friends and supporters - collected more than $260,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, becoming the highest fundraiser in Queensland.

Less than 12 months after Adem lost his battle with the illness, Team Adem is continuing his good work.

I'd like to thank all my sponsors who helped me pass the $10,000 mark and special mention should go to his sister Miranda, who raised more than $12,000.

That's the remarkable thing about being the mayor - you meet some wonderful people.

Just last week I had the pleasure of meeting two organ donation recipients.

Cooper Watson, 15 months old, and Barbara DeRidder may be worlds apart in age but they share a very special bond - both have received kidney transplants.

I joined them to support the campaign "have the chat that saves lives". They are living proof of the importance of telling your family if you'd like your organs donated.

Cooper was born with polycystic kidney disease and had a successful transplant late last year.

Barbara received her precious gift of life 35 years ago, and is still living an active and full life thanks to the decision made by an anonymous family.

It's just so important to let your family know your donation decision.

I'll end this week on the Morcombe family and the inspirational work they have done for more than a decade.

Millions of words have been written about last week's conviction so I'll keep my comments to Bruce, Denise and their boys.

As a region we admire your tenacity, bravery and love - you are an example to us all. We will never forget, and Daniel will always be in our hearts.


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