Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm shaving my head!!

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

You heard it right!  My dear friend, Corinne, and I are teaming with St. Baldricks and shaving our heads in an effort to raise as much money as possible for childhood cancer research by October 9th.

Did you know that every 3 1/2 minutes a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer?

While I haven't personally known any children with cancer, my family has definitely been affected by it.  My father-in-law had multiple meylomal cancer.  He died a few months after my husband graduated from High School.  I never had the chance to meet him.  One of my uncle's also lost his life to cancer.  I can think of at least a handful of others who have also struggled with cancer.  Some of them have been able to beat it, and some of them haven't.  I will be shaving my head in their honor.

Corinne and I talk regularly about wanting to be good people and wanting to help others.  As more people we love are being diagnosed with cancer, we have wondered what we can do make an impact.  We have chosen to do our part by teaming with an amazing organization called St. Baldricks.  In short, St. Baldricks raises money to fund essential cancer research.  By donating to St. Baldricks, your money is directly used to fund cancer research. In return, well, we're going bald...

In two weeks, after raising as much funds as we can, we will collectively hold our breath as we shave each other's heads.  Yikes!  The thought is a little terrifying and very overwhelming.  But we are confident that our emotions are nothing compared to the fear and anxiety young cancer patients feel when they lose their hair.  The difference- those children do not have a choice.

Now that's where you come in.  We each set a personal goal to raise $3,000 by October 9th. I still have a LONG way to go.  Will you help us reach and even surpass this goal?  Please, please consider donating to St. Baldricks.  Whether you can contribute $20 or $200 or $2000, ANY size donation is appreciated! 

To visit my web page and to make a tax deductible donation, click HERE.

We will also be donating all of the hair that is at least 8 inches long to Beautiful Lengths. It will then be used to a create free wigs for cancer patients.  Beautiful Lengths is an organization that partners with the American Cancer Society.

Please spread the word by telling your friends, families, and coworkers about this goal and how they can help.  Feel free to pass along this letter to anyone who might be interested.  Our shave date of October 9th is coming quickly!!

12 comments:

Angela Beth said...

Okay, so shave it in such a way that you can donate it to Locks of Love! Double up the benefits, baby!! I am not quite brave enough to shave my head yet (although I've thought about it recently), but I have donated my long hair 3 times to Locks of Love. Just a thought.
And, I am so proud of you. You are very brave, and I want to see pictures!!

Corinne said...

Locks of love is a scam- they charge people for their wigs and sell more hair that they receive than they use for wigs. Great Lengths is a much better organization- it teams up with the American Cancer Society!

Dee said...

My Father in Law passed away from Multiple Myaloma three years ago. We are fortunate that our children knew him and can remember him. My 16 year old son shaved his head for a buddy with brain cancer last year. (his friend is doing well) Great idea!!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

WOW! This is such an amazing event that you are a part of. Thank you so much.

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dogsmom said...

You are very brave.
We've done the cut it short, but never shave it off.

Leanne said...

Wow! You are so brave. I don't even want to think about what I would look like bald. This is an amazing cause. Thanks for sharing this with all of us and good luck with reaching your goal. I would love to help, but hubby lost his job a week ago, so there's not any extra at this time. Have a great weekend.

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

WOW! You are making a huge impact! What a great cause. Are you going to show pics? We are proud of you.
Bonnie :)

Sarah @ threeboys-home.blogspot.com said...

Amazing! You go!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow...that's a brave and scary thing to do. Hope you reach your goal and more!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

I just sent a donation your way. Thank you for sharing this, now I am thinking seriously about donating my hair. It's a very special cause.

Bella said...

Wow, I think you did an amazing thing, and my heart aches for these kids. I HATE cancer, and have not known any kids personally, but have gotten to know some thru blogs, and several have passed away, so small, and sweet they were, and now they are gone. You are such an inspiration. God Bless you two, Bella ~~