Launceston mother shaves head after losing son to leukaemia six months ago

Participating in the World’s Greatest Shave was a particularly poignant experience for 63-year-old Linda Munting.

The Prospect resident lost her beloved son Scott to leukaemia almost six months ago. He was just 38 years old. 

Scott bravely battled leukaemia for a year.

Along with his wife and twin daughters Chloe and Stephanie, Scott had to relocate from regional NSW to Sydney for treatment, where they were provided accommodation and support by the Leukaemia Foundation.

Scott left Launceston about 12 years ago. He worked as an electronics technician with the CSIRO. 

Mrs Munting said Scott was a loving husband, and father to his twin daughters, who have just turned seven. 

“He was very outdoorsy, he loved mountain bike riding, he was very fit,” Mrs Munting said.

“That’s why it was just so unbelievable when he was diagnosed.”

She said she had no leukaemia knowledge before Scott’s diagnosis, but felt very knowledgable after the “learning curve”.

Mrs Munting and her husband travelled to Sydney monthly to see their son, and said the Leukaemia Foundation accommodation alleviated financial burden.

She wants to give back to the foundation, so that they can continue to help other families.

Ms Munting, a Launceston College teacher assistant, shaved her head at the college alongside three other staff members and three students on Friday to raise funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation. 

To donate to the World’s Greatest Shave, visit worldsgreatestshave.com or call 1800 500 088. 

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