Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 84: Shaved Someone's Head



I have shaved my own head a couple of times in my life. Typically when I shave my head, it is for a sporting event. When Indiana made it to the Final Four in 2002, my friend's and I thought it warranted a head shave. When the United States tied England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, again, I felt it necessary. There have been a few other times that, for seemingly no reason whatsoever, I shaved my head (once in college, it ended up looking like this for a week because of a bet). Each time, it was something fun to do, something wild to do, and usually something dumb to do, mostly because there was no meaning behind doing it. Well, today, for the first time, I am going to participate in some head shaving that has tremendous meaning behind it. Today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to shave someone else's head to honor Kyle Volek as part of a St. Baldrick's event. Since 2000, St. Baldrick's has grown from a small head shaving event put together by a couple of friends to the "world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research." So much money has been raised by these events, and it is a great way to show solidarity with those who didn't have a choice in losing their hair. I have seen first hand the effects that cancer has on children and adults alike, so anything I can do to support this great cause, I will do. Due to future plans for my hair for a random act, I am not able to shave my own head just quite yet, but I will be sure to take great joy in shaving someone besides myself for a change. Although 366 Random Acts has already reached a personal team goal for fundraising, any additional donations will be HUGE!!! You can visit our team page here. Now I am off with clippers in hand!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for all of these awesome ideas!! I just made a donation in memory of my son Gabe

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  2. I am so thankful for your blog.. you've given me 84 ideas to teach Owen (10 months) on what he can do for others and what he can ask for instead of Legos/Trains from Santa. AWESOME!

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  3. LOL!!!
    I too have shaved my head because of loosing a best. I was in middle school, just something goofy wild dumb and random to do. So funny to see that someone else has done this.

    I really enjoy reading this blog.

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  4. You participated in a really great cause today. My husband has paticipated in St. Baldrick's for several years now. He is going to get his head shaved tomorrow. He does this with the Knights of Columbus group he is in. Anyone can do this no matter what your age. This is a great way to help people with cancer and also remember people that have had it. Cancer is something that effects all of us in society whether it is by a friend, co-worker, relative or a complete stranger.
    Both of my parents had cancer. Anything that you can do to support the fight against cancer is greatly appreciated by everyone.

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  5. My school's Key Club helped support St. Baldrick's day, and it was incredible seeing my friends do it--and one of them was a girl (so proud of her)! I also discovered that this kid I know is a cancer survivor, and it's amazing since he's in the top ten of my class and is (needless to say) very intelligent. He also shaved his head so that other kids our age will hopefully one day not have to face cancer. It was just so inspirational to see it at my school. St. Baldricks is such a fantastic way to promote cancer awareness and research, and I'm so glad you could contribute to it. :)

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  6. What a great way to show support being a shavee!!

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  7. I had no idea such a thing existed, what an awesome random act.

    ~Mo
    www.mokekumileicreations.com

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