CLEAR HEADS: Zoe Goodwin (right) and her friends Bianca Galvan (left) and Jemma Spriggs, all students of St Mary’s in Casino, have good reason to shave their heads at a Relay for Life event in Casino today.
CLEAR HEADS: Zoe Goodwin (right) and her friends Bianca Galvan (left) and Jemma Spriggs, all students of St Mary’s in Casino, have good reason to shave their heads at a Relay for Life event in Casino today. DAVID NIELSEN

Friends will be a cut above the rest

CASINO schoolgirl Zoe Goodwin ‘misses everything’ about her boyfriend of more than two years, Nicholas Collyer.

Nicholas died in September after a two-year battle with bone cancer.

During his illness, Nicholas endured surgery to remove a tumour, three rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Everyone was just shocked. Everyone kind of expected it to be okay but it turned out not to be okay,” Zoe said.

“He managed to cope with it.

“He never once complained about what was happening to him.”

To try to make sense of Nicholas’ death and do something positive in response to his death, Zoe and her group of girlfriends are losing their locks today to raise money for continuing cancer research.

The girls said they were excited and nervous about their impending crew cuts, and pleased to be doing something practical to fight cancer.

Zoe will be losing her ‘new look’ - a red and blonde style Nicholas’ sister created as part of her TAFE hairdressing degree.

“You want to do something, anything that will help,” Zoe said.

“I think Nicholas would have got a good laugh out of us being bald.”

The girls have also formed a team called ‘A Penny For Nickel’ to take part in today’s Relay for Life event being held at Casino’s Queen Elizabeth II park from 3pm.

“Nicklebert was his nickname,” Zoe explained.

The team will take turns completing laps around the oval throughout tonight.

The girls have already raised $2200, including $380 from their school, which held a ‘green day’ to remember Nicholas’ favourite colour.



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