Upcoming Adventures in Baldness

by Ticia on March 3, 2011

Hello all you lovely EtiquetteHell readers.

My name is Ticia, and I’ll be your blogger for today. If you’re a member of the forum, you know me as the co-admin, along with Jeanne. If you’re not a member of the forum… what are you waiting for? Go sign up, it’s a blast!  (Admin’s note:  Ticia also admins the blog occasionally, too!)

Ahem, now. Onto the important bits:

On March 12, 2011, I am going to shave my head.

No, no. It’s okay, I haven’t gone mad. (Despite what my mother thinks about the whole idea.)

“But why, Ticia? Why chop off all your long beautiful hair?!?” I can hear you exclaim. “And shaving your head? Isn’t that a bit… extreme?” (That’s what my mother said, anyway…)

It is a bit extreme, but it’s extreme for a good cause. On March 12, 2011 I shall be shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I am attempting to raise $1,000.

First, let me tell you a bit about St. Baldrick’s. This is from their website, which you can find at  http://www.stbaldricks.org/

“Mission Statement
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.”

So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m raising money to fight childhood cancer. My little sister successfully fought against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I am doing this to honor her.

When I signed up to be a shavee, I emailed the coordinator and asked what happens to the hair. It turns out that, if the hair is long enough, they can donate it to Locks of Love. So, that’s what I’ll be doing with my hair.

It doesn’t stop there, though. It also turns out that they needed people willing to shave their head on TV. So, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, not only will I shave off all my hair, I’ll do it on the Morning news. I’ll post a link to the video when it become available, and I’ll post after pictures. (The before picture is at the end of this post. It was taken this morning, to show exactly how much hair is going to be gone.)

This is where you, faithful readers, come in. As I mentioned before, I am trying to raise $1000 for St. Baldrick’s. Thanks to the generosity of the EHellions, I am already up to $130! I have 9 more days, and with your help, I know we can do it.

So please, if you have a minute and a spare dollar or two, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/441287 and click on “Make a Donation” under my picture.

Thank you so much. And Mom… I promise it’ll grow back!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosey March 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

Ticia, this is awesome!

However, the links aren’t working . . .

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admin March 3, 2011 at 7:16 am

Links have been fixed!

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aerrigad March 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

Kudos to you! This is a very good cause, so a big ‘thank you’ to you for being brave enough to participate, as well as for everyone who finds it in their heart to donate.

A good friend of mine is doing the same thing out here in my neck of the woods. After seeing your BEFORE picture, I really can’t twit him about how much hair he’s sacrificing for this cause.

Again, thank you.

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Giles March 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

Great job! My husband and I did this for our hospital, and at the time our daughter cut off her super long hair into a pixie and donated it to Locks of Love. I can’t remember how much money the event as a whole raised, but it was a lot. My mother is a breast cancer survivor (clean for almost ten years now) and we always try to make time for events supporting research money.

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Merrilee March 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

Once I get paid, I’m coming back to donate. Go, Tisha!

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Li March 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

Brilliant!

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Jay March 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

Those guys really need an instant-donatation-by-paypal button…

Good luck!

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Louise March 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

Good luck, and I can’t wait to see the video!

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LBC March 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

My mother and I have given them two ponytails apiece so far. We kept our hair short for awhile but I’m letting mine grow out again so I might have another ponytail to give them in the future.

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Slartibartfast March 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

Awesome – I donated :-) I cut my hair off last week (it was about your length) – I didn’t shave it, but it’s about an inch long now. I love it :-D

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The Elf March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

You are one brave woman.

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Fox March 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Wow, I think your hair may be long enough to get two or three “servings” out of it. ;) I’ve gone long-short-long-short a few times in my life, and always donated to Locks of Love. You’re really helping kids with cancer twice over!

And don’t worry, it grows back from “bald” fast. Your only concern, if you plan to grow it long again, will be that horrible period where you have to keep getting haircuts or risk getting mullet accusations..

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Ellie March 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I think you’ll look beautiful with a bald head!

From my understanding, Locks of Love mainly provides hairpieces to children with alopecia (also a worthy cause). If you are looking specifically to have your lovely hair go to cancer survivors, you might also want to look into the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. A hair donation is such an important and thoughtful gift to give.
Best wishes in your ‘shavee adventures’!

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Ticia March 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thank you, everyone who has donated or is thinking of donating. We’re already up to $405! You are all so amazing!

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Laura March 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

You’ve inspired me! I am currently undergoing chemo for Stage IV cervical cancer. I have had one round, and start my second next week. My hair is beginning to fall out now, but there are a few events in my area two weeks from now, so they can shave off whatever I have left at that point! It’s pretty short already, and brittle from the chemo, so the hair itself isn’t any good, but hopefully I can raise some money to make a small difference. It’s coming out anyway, and it’s only hair, right?
Thank you for the inspiration!

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SHOEGAL March 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Think of all the hat and wig opportunites!!! Tremendous of you!!!

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Lisa March 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I also applaud what you’re doing, but I agree with Ellie. Instead of donating to Locks of Love (which has very little donated hair actually making it to wigs) look into Beautiful Lengths. They made as many wigs in their first year as Locks did in all the years prior. Your hair is beautiful and it’d be a shame if it didn’t make it to a person in need.

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Margaret March 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

It is good that you are helping, but look into Locks of Love. They are very sketchy.

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Mia March 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Once again, Ticia, thank you so much for doing this. I love you.

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Molly March 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I love seeing adults with hair as long as mine…I always feel too old for it, but darn it, I like it!

It’s very cool of you to do this.

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Shiksagoddess March 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Ticia, your hair is so beautiful … and … long! I hope it is made into a wig for someone who truly appreciates your gift.

Laura, I hope you make a speedy, full recovery. Bright blessings to you both.

– the shiksagoddess

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Sharon March 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This is a fantastic way to give and at the same time make others aware of the illness and how they can make a difference and donate. Thank you of making us aware of this opportunity to help those who need it most.

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Smiling Charmer March 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

You are an absolutely beautiful young woman – with or without hair. Thank you so much.

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aventurine March 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Kudos! I admire you very much for this.

I’ve grown out my hair once for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths (quick plug for them – Ls of L get all the press!), and I’m getting ready to cut it for them again. You’ll look lovely and exotic with no hair. :)

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Ticia March 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

We are up to $600! I’m touched by the generosity of the readers and members of the forum. Thank you so much.

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PattyParty June 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

reality check: Locks of Love SELLS most of the hair it gets to commercial wigmakers. What little ends up on the head of alopecia suffers and cancer patients is in most cases SOLD to them, not donated.

Locks of Love’s business model succeeds because it’s warm and fuzzy and quirky, but if you really want to help people, just make a cash donation.

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