The first time I heard about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was in 2009, when I watched and photographed two Soldiers having their heads publicly shaved at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The research I’ve done since then has always shown what an outstanding organization this is. Although I’m not brave enough to shave my head like Jessie, I can at least donate. I challenge you to read Jessie’s story and pledge, and then think about what you can do to help in the fight against childhood cancer.- Elisebet
In 2012, I made the crazy decision to shave my head! While bad hair days had been known to drive me crazy, that isn’t why I decided to go bald. I went bald for a wonderful cause! I shaved my head to raise money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It was such a great experience that I’m shaving my head again on March 15th, 2014! My goal is to raise $2000 to help conquer kid’s cancer, and I hope you can help!
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation exists to help bridge the funding gap in childhood cancer research. Did you know that all types of childhood cancer receive only 4% of US federal funding for cancer research? That makes St. Baldrick’s the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants! Worldwide 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Luckily, St. Baldrick’s is funding ground breaking clinical trials to improve childhood cancer treatment and fighting to find a cure. Shaving my head to raise funds for childhood cancer research is an honor!
You see, I’m a mom to 6 wonderful kids. We have been fortunate that our children are for the most part healthy kids. Not all parents can say the same thing. There are too many parents rocking their children in hospitals instead of their homes. There are too many kids that are sick instead of playing outside and enjoying normal activities. Most of all, there are too many children that have been lost to childhood cancer. What if the money we raised helped to save a life, or two, or twenty lives? What if the children that are fighting cancer all survived to do amazing things? Those children may grow be up to be parents themselves, or they may be the next great artist, or maybe they will even find the cure for cancer themselves. The children that fight motivate me, and I hope they will motivate you!
It is my honor to shave my head in support of all children with cancer. Please join me and be a hero for kids! You can donate online, and you can keep your hair! Thank you so much!
About the Author:
Jessie Voiers is the laughing lady behind the blog Then I Laughed. Jessie has six children, 1 adopted at birth and 5 bonus children gifted to her upon marriage. When she isn’t chasing kids around, she loves to blog, go to the bathroom by herself, and find any bargain imaginable. She will soon be bald, so should have some extra free time that used to be taken up by styling her hair.