November 09, 2009 07:05pm
A 15-YEAR-old Brisbane school girl has been suspended for shaving her head to raise money for vital cancer research.
Emily Pridham and her family told Channel Nine News her father is battling leukemia.
He underwent a bone marrow transplant a few weeks ago but has been given only a few months to live.
Ms Pridham decided to shave her head as part of a fundraiser for cancer research.
"Basically my way of coping is to try and help other people going through the same thing," she said.
Ms Pridham said she has been banned from Mount Alvernia College until her hair grows back.
Barbara Pridham said she supports her daughter's fundraising decision.
"I am just appalled that she could be suspended by a Catholic school that promotes joy, respect and community spirit," she said.
Mount Alvernia College released a statement to Channel Nine News that said Ms Pridham had breached the college's uniform guidelines and had been suspended because of "ongoing issues".
By Tuesday morning, Ms Pridham had established a Facebook group to support her and was quickly gathering members.
She said on the page: "My inbox and Facebook wall are overflowing with messages of support. I Love my MAC girls, and thanks for standing behind me, It realy shows that in times of need the girls will always stick together .."