hair today…gone tomorrow

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well, he did it! john raised $1564 for the st. baldrick’s foundation for pediatric cancer research.

i was so glad he raised as much as he did during these hard economic times. our goal was not met, but he was in third place for the most money raised by an individual at this event at the uc davis cancer center.

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we wanted to do something fun with john’s hair this year. why not, right – i mean it’s going away anyway. so we decided for every $10 people donated, they got a “ticket” entered into a drawing to decide what color to dye his hair.

the winning color…pink. bubble-head pink, to be exact.

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because his hair is so dark, thick, and did i mention dark? we had to bleach it first. i couldn’t have been happier about playing hairdresser. it didn’t matter if i messed up!

home bleaching kit in hand, i went to work. surprisingly, his hair began to lighten immediately after application.

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i was pretty shocked. unfortunately, without the help of a salon dryer, we never got his hair fully blonde. in fact, it was a lovely day-glow yellow. pretty.

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next came the application of the bubble-head pink. i just love that name. there was no way for me to apply this stuff without getting it all over his scalp. oh well…new nickname, “pinky.”

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so, needless to say, it was a great event again. lots of people turned out again all with the same mission and what a great feeling to know we played a small part in helping these kids.

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we still desperately need your help. even if it’s just $1 – it all counts and makes a difference. donations are down this year – for all the obvious reasons, the economy, etc. times are tough. but lets all do our part to blast pediatric cancer!

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st. baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family.

at a st. baldrick’s event, something amazing happens. people who normally shy away from the very thought of childhood cancer find themselves compelled to support this cause after looking into the face of these brave children who are smiling broadly as their friends and family members proudly display their newly shorn heads.

volunteers and donors see it can be fun to support a serious cause. young cancer patients and survivors see how many people care. and researchers see st. baldrick’s funds helping to find cures!

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last year, john raised over $2000 for childrens’ cancer research. at the event, the emcee asked the audience how much they would pay to see john shave one of his eyebrows off; to which he responded “it better be a lot of money and i’m shaving both!” i can’t remember the exact dollar amount, but i think he raised almost another $500 cash at the event by shaving both eyebrows and his goatee. i couldn’t get over the number of kids participating in this event in honor of a friend or relative that was battling cancer. it really warms your heart to see so many kids there for such a great cause.

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this is a very fun event! john is participating again this year at uc davis cancer center on march 12th. i’m here to solicit your help with anything you can give. times are tough, i know. the one thing i keep telling myself whenever i get down about the economy is that at least my family is healthy. not everyone can say that.

if you would like to donate, please go to john’s page and follow the links.

here are some photos from last year’s event:

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another rainy day…

we are starting to get cabin fever. indoor activities are key when it looks like this outside.

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since it’s so dreary outside, we decided to make a little sunshine of our own; edible play-dough and flowers!

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sunny flowers for your rainy day, wherever you may be…

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