(Story and image courtesy of Northern Times Newspaper - QLD- By Peter Marsh)
Losing two close friends, also work colleagues, to cancer within six months had a profound effect on Crazy Dogs Kawasaki principal Rich Baker.
"It was pretty tough on all the staff here,’’ said the Burpengary motorbike dealer. ``It certainly made me make the most of everyday.’‘
Yolanda Lopez, a well-liked retail sales assistant, passed away late last year at the age of 24, and hard-working mechanic Jon Schuchmann died this year aged 39.
Mr Baker described Ms Lopez as a ``real stunner, both inwardly and outwardly’’ and Mr Schuchmann as ``a mate and an all-round top bloke’‘.
Not content to sit by the sidelines, Mr Baker has taken on the challenge of the World’s Greatest Shave and hopes to raise $1000 to go towards cancer patients, their families and research for a cure.
"I reckon Yolli (Yolanda) and Jon will be looking down and laughing at me from heaven with my shiny, bald head,’’ Mr Baker said.
"But they shouldn’t be there yet, and I hope we can stop more people joining them before their time is due.’‘
Mr Schuchmann’s wife Martitia said family members were touched by Mr Baker’s decision.
"Rich supported us through this tough time and I truly admire him for what he is doing,’’ she said.
A close friend of Ms Lopez, Karen Young, said friends and family of the 24-year-old were also touched by Mr Rich’s participation in the World’s Greatest Shave.
Mr Baker will shave his head at 2pm tomorrow week (Sat 12 March) at Crazy Dogs Kawasaki, 270Eastern Service Rd, Burpengary. There will be a sausage sizzle and giveaways on the day.
To donate to Mr Baker’s appeal, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/CrazyDogsMotorcycles or phone 38883188.