Brave the Shave
Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.
I have been immensely blessed to grow up without major health problems, my sister too. By the grace of God, we were happy, healthy kids and still are to this day. In addition, my niece Kaitlyn is in good health as well. However, this is not the case for many families across the globe.
When I was growing up in Arizona, I had a friend around my age on my swim team that was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was 10. I was close with him and his brother and their mom was the nicest woman on the planet. But when they got the news, the whole family dynamic changed. The one my age stopped swimming for a while, and his brother became sadder and reclusive as the days wore on. Their mom constantly had a tired look in her eyes but still put on a happy face around the rest of the team when she had a chance to help at meets. I didn't fully comprehend back then how tolling this was for all of them, but now as I look back I know that it wasn't easy. The expenses were tremendous, and the brother had to quit for a while to save money to pay for his younger brother's treatment.
My friend lost his hair to chemo and was ridiculed by ignorant kids for being bald. He thankfully went into remission a year after diagnosis, but now it's back.
I'm not doing this for attention or sympathy. If I wanted that, I would've done this a long time ago for my own selfish intentions. I'm doing this to raise awareness of the reality that not everyone has a happy, healthy life.
Personally, I have lost both my grandmothers and my aunt to cancer. Currently, my grandfather is fighting to stay in remission with it. Many close family friends have passed away from it. It's a horrendous disease that can tear apart families, taking loved ones all too soon. No child should have to spend their life in hospitals, being pumped with various drugs, going through major surgeries, and undergoing experimental treatments. They deserve a chance to grow up.
If you disagree with my decision, that's fine. Everyone has an opinion.
I am shaving my head on March 16th and donating my hair to a company that makes wigs for cancer kids. Ever since I cut it in December, it has grown out as my natural color, untouched for the first time since I was 12. I will be donating to Hair We Share, which makes wigs for men, women, and children who lost their hair due to medical reasons. I plan on making a difference in the life of at least one child fighting for their life.