A radiologist is flawlessly recreating famous celeb photos to help cancer patients.
A patient broke down in front of Mark Udovitch and her tears changed his life forever.
She’d just lost her hair after undergoing chemotherapyand it wasdownright devastating for her so much so, in fact, the patient said it was worse than losing her breast to cancer.
“This was a really profound thing to say,”Udovitch, a radiologist fromAustralia,explained to Upworthy.
So he came up with an idea.
Udovitch decided to grow out his own hair so hecould help people like her. Because as the woman had explained most of the wigs she had access to were itchy and looked fake.
He wanted his hair, in some small way, to make a difference.
It wasn’t long before Udovitch started getting comments about his longer, luscious locks.
Because apparently, he had some celebrity look-alikes.
Many folks started chiming in:Udovitch looked like the lead the singer of Creed, some said.Andthe lead singer of Nickelback, others noted. He got Kenny Gtoo.
“Even Jesus,”Udovitch added.
This sparked another idea:What if this funny celebrity intrigue over his hair could further help patients who could use it?
Thus, a new campaign was born. And the (hilarious)evidence has spread all across the internet.
Udovitch decided to snap pics of himself recreating famous celebrity photos.
He did it to help benefit the charity Dry July and the results are … amazing.
Dry July is a groupdoing a whole lot of goodbenefitting cancerpatients in ways that are often overlooked when we think about theirquality of life.
The nonprofit hashelpedfund worthwhile products and services at the Liverpool Cancer Therapy Center,where Udovitch works on the radiationoncology team. Afew years ago, for instance, Dry July helped the center purchase much morecomfortablechairs for patients undergoing chemotherapy a treatment thatentails sitting in one place for several hours Udovitch explained.
Udovitch’s hilarious photos are helping draw attention to Dry July’s online fundraiser.
It’s clear from his photos that Udovitch has his finger on the pulse of pop culture, too. Just look at his “Game of Thrones” re-creations.
He can also pull off “Star Wars.”
Imean, he’s got the lightsaber down and everything.
And he’s basically part of the Kardashian-Jenner family now.
Move over, Kimye.
“Staff [at the cancer therapy center] loved that I managed to make a garbage bag, kitchen gloves and a Diet Coke-Mentos explosionlookso good,”he said.
The photos are lighthearted and fun, of course. But the underlying motivation behind Udovitch’s re-creations is about far more than a few laughs.
“Working as a radiation therapistfor the past eightyears has given me incredible perspectiveon life and has taught me that you cannot take your health for granted,”he said.
“The idea that a charity likeDry Julyexists andthattheir sole mission is to provide support and comfortto cancerpatientsacross Australia was one that I was very keen to support.”
Soon, Udovitch’s wavy locks will be gone. But there’s still time for you to make a difference.
Udovitch will shave his head on July 29, 2016, at the Dry July Shave Off. (Unfortunately, the celebrity doppleganger remarks may disappear along with that long, brown hair.)
But you can still help his fundraising team do big things. They want to raise enough money toprovide services likewireless music to patientsduringtreatmentsthat way, patients can have customized playlists to help with their anxieties and decorative artwork to give the department a splash of color (and look less like a cold, sterile clinic), Udovitch said.
To Udovitch, drawing attention to this campaignhas been quite a ride. “The entire experience has been overwhelming,”he said.
But it’s certainly been worth it.
“Obviouslyour message isresonatingwell with everyone,”he said. “And it is so great to seethe general public get on-board with ussothat wefinishourfundraising campaign strong!”