Jamie Cornish and his twin brother call on classmates to join Wig Wednesday as the six-year-old continues to fight leukaemia
- Credit: Su Anderson
Six-year-old twins are calling on people to ‘get a wig on’ and raise support for a charity which helped one of them when they were diagnosed with leukaemia.
Jamie Cornish and his twin brother Zakk will go into their Ipswich school on Wednesday armed with their own whacky hairpieces.
They have enlisted all staff and pupils at Cliff Lane primary to get involved on what the charity behind the event, CLIC Sargent, calls Wig Wednesday.
Jamie was diagnosed in September 2013, days before the family was due to fly to Disney World in Florida. He has about 18 months more chemotherapy to go. Jamie’s hair, which has now grown back, began falling out when he started intensive chemo.
His mum Michelle said: “Wig Wednesday is a really good way to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Lots of people don’t realise children can get cancer.
“Jamie was quite self-conscious about losing his hair so we bought him a selection of baseball caps. He was still quite self-conscious about wearing a cap, but he preferred that to going to school with a bald head.”
The twins’ school friends will be doing 26 laps of the school, boasting their whacky new looks on Wednesday. Staff, sporting wigs or crazy hairdos, and parents will be cheering them on. There will also be a cake sale and raffle.
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CLIC Sargent social worker Christine helped the whole family, including Zakk, through the difficult early days when their lives were turned upside down.
Michelle added: “She’s been there for all of us, especially Zakk when he was having trouble. He was my biggest worry. He’s really close to Jamie and started having angry outbursts. He was frightened his brother was going to die. That’s a lot to deal with when you’re five.”
To find out more about how you can get involved in Wig Wednesday 2015 call 08451 212 492 or visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/wigwednesday