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Hair Today, Gone…Today

March 16, 2015
Here’s the proof that I actually did it – shaved my head as a part of the St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation’s fundraising campaign for children’s cancer research.  Click on this link to view the shearing, and make sure to check out the incredible work done by the Foundation. IMG_0104 (3) Every one of us has been touched by cancer in one way or another.  But it’s particularly heartbreaking when children are afflicted with the disease.  As I mentioned when I announced my participation in this effort right here a few weeks ago, I decided to commit to the head shaving campaign to honor the courage of a child I’ve never met – Joey Chamness, the son of NAMIC President and CEO Chuck Chamness – who’s been fighting cancer for years.  When Chuck told me earlier this year that Joey received a clean bill of health on his 18th birthday, something told me that I had to do more than write a check to St. Baldrick’s this year. But the truly humbling part of this experience was the outpouring of support I received from individuals and organizations in the fraternal community.  I’ve never done anything like this before, and did not know what to expect when I asked folks to support me.  I set a fundraising goal of $5,000 and thanks to you I ended up raising more than $8,000 – putting me among the top 100 individual fundraisers in the world.  Fraternalists do put their money where their mouth is! That definitely raises the bar for next year’s campaign.  Yes, assuming that my hair DOES grow back, I’m planning to have it shaved again next year. Thank you all for your generous support.  You made this experience enriching in so many ways.