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Macho men suffer to aid mother with cancer

SCREAM MACHINE: David Skeels gets his body hair waxed for Jo Goldstein at Ipswich Riverlink on Saturday.
SCREAM MACHINE: David Skeels gets his body hair waxed for Jo Goldstein at Ipswich Riverlink on Saturday. Rob Williams

A GROUP of mates put their hairy torsos on the line on Saturday to raise more than $2000 for the Goldstein family.

Crowds gathered at Ella Bache, Riverlink where Dean Goldstein and six friends from the CrossFit community and the RAAF had their chests, backs, legs and arms waxed to raise money for Dean's wife Jo who is dying of a rare type of cancer.

There were a few squeals from Dean's boss David Skeels, who bared his chest and legs for the cause.

Bracing himself from passing out from the pain, Mr Skeels said: "It's a small price to pay to give support to Jo and her family".

The 32-year-old Leichhardt mother of three was given only weeks to live last month after battling small cell carcinoma since the birth of her third child in 2010.

The event brought the This Hair Goes for Jo campaign fundraising tally to $28,000.

Troy Cassar-Daley's live performance at Coominya on Friday raised $4500, after local Tahlia Jordan asked the country music star to support her when she shaved her head for the cause.

"It really hit me when I heard how someone so young with three kids could be going through cancer," the 21-year-old said. "I have a life ahead of me, whereas Jo doesn't have that opportunity. My hair is only going to grow back, so I thought why not?"

Nine of Jo's friends also shaved their heads on Friday at Urban Day Spa in Ipswich, raising $2500.

Their locks were donated to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths - an organisation that provides real-hair wigs free to women with cancer. All of the money raised will go towards alternative treatments for Jo, who was told last week she wouldn't receive anymore chemo.

Friday effort raises much-needed funds

MORE than $16,000 has been raised for Jo Goldstein and her family since doctors informed them in January she had only weeks to live.

On Friday, Jo's friends lopped their locks at Urban Day Spa to raise money for an alternative treatment after she was told this week she would not be given any more chemotherapy to treat the small cell carcinoma - a rare type of cancer.

Country music star Troy Cassar-Daley performed at Coominya where he auctioned for more than $1000 the shirt he wore to the Golden Guitar awards.

"It's blown me away," Jo said. "I don't know what to say anymore."

Since The QT reported the Goldsteins' story last week, businesses have sought to make the family's last moments together special by donating a pool, a new deck, landscaped gardens, a new laundry and agreeing to finish renovations to the family home - on top of the money already raised.

Tradies will begin installing the pool on Monday and hope to have it ready by Wednesday.

"We are going away this weekend and when I come home there will be a big hole in my backyard - it's just amazing," Jo said.

While Luke and Archie are still too young to understand the reality of losing their mum, Dean said telling their oldest boy Torrin was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do.

"He took it really well but, like adults, you know about it and you prepare for it but until it actually happens it will be a bit different," Dean said.

"Jo has made attempts to record messages [to camera for the boys], but it gets too much and she doesn't want to leave behind footage of her crying. We've spoken about doing birthday cards for them and stuff like that."

Just weeks ago the Leichhardt mum was worrying how her family was going to cope when she's gone - even down to Dean not knowing how to bake the boys' favourite choc-chip cookies.

"At the beginning I felt like it was not going to get anywhere,"

Jo said. "Now it has just blown us away. We are so grateful to everyone.

"From now on I have to seek alternative treatment. Now that I've got the funds, we can go and speak to different specialists to see if there is anything else I can do or if there are any alternative treatments, like acupunctures.

"I don't have to think about where that money is going to come from or use any more of our savings, which was going towards the kids' schooling.

"I can do it now and not feel guilty about using it, especially if it doesn't work."

Topics:  cancer fundraiser jo goldstein



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