Get To Know Stephanie Boxsell
Local pathology assistant Stephanie Boxsell will make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer when she shaves her locks at NightQuarter on the 10th March as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
We interviewed Stephanie in the final weeks of her fundraising efforts as she prepares to ‘get brave and shave!’
Q: Hi Stephanie, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Im originally from Brisbane and moved down the Gold Coast for my work 2 years ago. I’m a pathology assistant at the Gold Coast University Hospital in the Microbiology Laboratory
Q: We admire you so much for the decision you have made to shave your head for the World’s Greatest Shave. What inspired you to make the decision to take part in this year’s event?
Thank you. I had two years of bad health in 2012 and struggled a lot to overcome it. Without the help and support from my family and friends at the time along with the medical professionals, I couldn’t have gotten through it. I needed to give back and having had my grandmother working tirelessly my whole life for the leukaemia foundation, this felt like the right thing to do. My mother’s cousin lost her battle with leukaemia in 2002 and my grandfather receives Chemotherapy for Amyloidosis which is a blood disorder. Shaving my head and donating my hair is my way of giving back and supporting an incredible cause that helps many patients and their families.
Q: You have a family connection with the Leukaemia Foundation, can you tell us about this?
My grandmother Beverley Mirolo has held a number of positions on the Board since 1983 and is currently the chairman. She is an amazing woman who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal at the 2010 Australia Day Honours and is a state finalist for Senior Australian of the year 2014. She is a remarkable woman and role model for our family and myself and a incredibly supportive person in my life.
Q: Who is going to be with you at the event to support and encourage you on the night?
My wonderful family, friends and colleagues. Along this journey I’ve also met some amazing people in my community who have shown so much support for a stranger who will also be coming along to support my shave. My grandmother also has the honour of shaving off my first strip of hair as well as the amazing Bianca and her team at Wild About Hair who will shaving my head.
Q: What is your goal, and how much have you raised so far?
My goal is $15,000.00! I have raised close to $3,000.00 so far.
Q: How long has it taken to get your hair to grow to the current length?
After a bad hair experience in 2013 my long hair was cut to just above my shoulders, I decided that day I wouldn’t be cutting it for a long time, I also haven’t coloured it for 2 years. It now sits just above my hips and I’ll be donating it to Variety the children’s charity to be made into wigs for children going through chemotherapy and who have alopecia.
Q: Do you have any tips for people considering getting involved, either this year, or next year?
I wish I had done it sooner. Be brave and shave and stand up tall knowing you are doing something amazing. The only thing you have to lose is your hair which will grow back but in the process you gain so much more. I have met amazing people, heard many inspiring stories and had countless happy dances when my phone goes off and another donation comes in, that feeling is indescribable. Sign up at the World’s Greatest Shave and get your family and friends involved. Anyone can register and you don’t have to shave, you can also cut or colour your hair! It’s an amazing experience your not going to forget!