I'd like to start by saying that I have a beautiful head of hair.
I have the kind of long, flowing locks that you see on a hero in a Disney movie. The kind of soft, lustrous hair that could melt a princess's heart upon first glance. It careens down to my shoulders like a magical golden waterfall. When I stand in a faint breeze, my silky waves of hair flap gently back and forth like He-Man's as he summons the power of Greyskull.
It's truly a sight to behold:
But in two days I'm shaving it all off. And you know what? It's not about the hair.
This Friday, March 15, I'm participating in an event to benefit the St Baldrick's Foundation. The goal is to raise money for childhood cancer research, so if you'd like to donate to the cause, that would make you an extra awesome person. I'm not going to go on about the horrors of cancer because the unfortunate odds are that it has already affected your life in some way. If you'd like information from the St Baldrick's Foundation, here are some links on childhood cancer, the funding gap, and the impact of the organization.
In December of 2011, I lost my cousin Ashley Whiting to cancer at the age of 21. She was loved by all who knew her, including the Hawkeye community. In February of last year, Iowa basketball players Kelly Krei and Kamille Wahlin appeared in a video shown during halftime of one of their games as a tribute to Ashley.
If you'd like to donate, please visit my donation page: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/610844/2013
And if you need any extra motivation.....if I hit $2000 by Friday, I'll shave my armpits as well.