Carlton players will shave their heads on Friday in support of Sam Docherty to raise funds for the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation.
Docherty, 27, is currently undergoing chemotherapy following a secondary recurrence of testicular cancer.
The Blues defender courageously opened up about his second battle with cancer in a social media post on Tuesday, revealing he had been “overwhelmed by the support” he had received.
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“I wanted to thank everyone who contacted me, appreciate the kind words and gestures,” Docherty said in an Instagram post Tuesday night.
“I can’t believe the amount of support and generosity we are receiving for the @petermaccancercentre.
“I have experienced the incredible work nurses and doctors do every day and I am proud to be able to help raise funds and promote an incredible foundation. The money raised will have a significant impact on so many struggles against all types of cancer.
“What started out as friends wanting to show some support has turned into something I never could have imagined and I am speechless at the support of [the] wider community and in particular @patrickcripps @lillosullivan and @carlton_fc.
“Finally, for those who ask me how I am – I feel good! Even though there are difficult times, I am doing very well and progressed through the first half of my treatment. There is not much left on this chapter.
Blues co-captain Patrick Cripps encouraged others to join in the shaving of the head initiative.
“One of us, Sam Docherty, is fighting a battle right now and as a club and a larger community we want to show our support for him and the Peter Mac Foundation,” he said.
“On Friday October 8, join a number of players as we shave our heads in support of Sam.
“We’ll be posting before and after photos as well as videos, and we would love you to do the same and tag the Carlton Football Club and the Peter Mac Foundation.
“We also want to raise funds for the Peter Mac Foundation to support their discovery of cures for cancer. We hope to raise $ 5,000.
“Thank you in advance for your generosity, and we can’t wait to see some shaved heads moving in support.”
Carlton has currently raised over $ 51,000 for the cause, exceeding his original goal. Donations can be made here.
The Blues confirmed in August that Docherty will undergo 12 weeks of chemotherapy, but is expected to make a full recovery, hoping to return for the preseason.
Docherty has played 122 AFL games.