Friday, March 4, 2011

Bald in the Boro

Next Friday, March 11(which also happens to be Hunter's 7th birthday AND the day we kick off our first Show and Tell Blog Hop), from 4-8pm is the first annual St. Baldrick's Day Event here in Murfreesboro, TN, "Bald in the Boro". I sent one of the founders, Dawn Harrison, a few questions and she was kind enough to answer them promptly. Thought it might be fun to help promote this event here at a bona fide life since they are honoring Hunter at the event. Unfortunately, Hunter will not be able to make an appearance but Ronin and I will be attending for a little while in his place.
Photo shoot with our fave DNJ photographer, Aaron, and our favorite local celebrity,
Mr. Kelly Holcomb and his son, both of whom are going to "brave a shave" in honor of Hunter!

Tell us a little bit about St. Baldricks.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. What began as a challenge between friends in March of 2000 has turned into the world's fastest growing volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research. Today the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Since 2000, more than 147,000 volunteers -- including over 12,000 women -- have shaved in solidarity with children with cancer at events in dozens of countries and every U.S. state. Thanks to generous friends and family, these shavees have raised over $90 million for life-saving research, and each is a walking billboard for the cause!

What made your family decide to organize a St. Baldrick's event for Murfreesboro? Are all of the members of your family shaving their head?
We first heard about St. Baldrick's when a friend of ours posted on Facebook about his Orlando event. After reading more about St. Baldrick's Foundation, Jeremy decided to participate. In Spring of 2010 the closest event to us was in Atlanta, so we decided to drive down. Jeremy was one of 75 shavees who raised just over $100,000 and we both felt incredibly honored to be part of such a great event! We immediately started making plans to bring a St. Baldrick's event to Murfreesboro. Jeremy and our 8 year old son, Isaac, will both be shaving their heads at our March 11th event. We've also pulled in some extended family...Jeremy's dad, cousin & nephew are also signed up to get shaved.

So far, how much money has this event raised? How many shavees do you have signed up?
As of right now, we have 41 shavees (also known as heroes) and 13 volunteers signed up. Together we have raised $13,202 of our $20,000 goal!

Why should local people in Murfreesboro come out on Friday, March 11 to attend "Bald in the Boro"?
Wow...there are so many reasons!
First of all, it’s going to be a FUN St. Patrick’s Day themed party! We will have decorations up, music playing, and people having a good time together. Some of the shavees actually plan to color their hair green the day of the shave, so wear your green and join the fun. Of course, since the event is at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles, there’s also bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, an arcade and a restaurant available. An iPad was donated by Aramark, so we are having a raffle. You won’t want to miss that opportunity! But to be honest, the real show is the shave - seeing the emotions and excitement on the faces of the folks getting shaved. To make it interesting, some shavees will get half a shave to start with - maybe walk around with a mohawk or a Bozo the Clown hairdo for a while - then return to the chair for a final shave.
These shavees need our SUPPORT! Do you realize how much courage these folks have had to muster up in order to brave the shave? We need a cheering section!! Some of these grown men are nervous wrecks, worried that their hair may never grow back...but they’re doing it anyway. Other shavees are just excited to be helping and would love for others to be excited along with them. But for some, it’s incredibly emotional. This gets me to my next reason for coming...
This is a chance for our community to HONOR kids who have been touched by cancer. Our event will be honoring 4 local kids...Hunter, Evan, Logan and Matthew. Two of these kids will actually get shaved themselves! As you can imagine, when someone is choosing to get shaved because it’s personal or because they’re desperate for a cure, it can get emotional. We want these kids and their families to feel the love and support that we can all provide. This is Murfreesboro’s first St. Baldrick’s event and we have been incredibly impressed with the generosity we have seen in our community. Our goal for this first year was to get 20 shavees, but we’re up to 40! With the excitement and enthusiasm of our community, I’m sure it will be even bigger next year!
And finally, we want you to come and DONATE! St. Baldrick’s Foundation focuses their research dollars in areas where they receive donations. The more money that’s raised here in Tennessee, the more St. Baldrick’s will fund grants at research facilities like Vanderbilt and St. Jude. We are excited that Tennessee is moving from one event in the fall of 2010 to four events already scheduled for 2011! We hope you'll participate any way you can!

1 comment:

  1. OMgoodness...I'm so gonna try and make it!!

    Just followed your links and posting the button on my blog now!


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