Cancer.

The word alone scares me.

Add "Childhood" anywhere near it and I get a softball size lump in my throat just thinking about the innocent children in the fight for their lives before they've even had a chance to live.

One of the reasons I adore our parish and school is because of the dedication in teaching our children about people in need and leading by example. This is the fourth year St. Bernadette's hosted a "Brave the Buzz" event in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, where families are encouraged to generate donations and shave their hair to support research for childhood cancer and show solidarity with the many children facing this terrible disease.

On Friday February 28th, my son Jacob joined his classmates and people from all over the local area and shaved his head in front of the whole school! The morning was full of bag pipers, a drum line, a DJ playing some awesome music, and a tear-filled message from special guests who have battled, are battling, or have lost someone from cancer. I'm so thankful he had this opportunity to learn about compassion, hard work, and empathy for kids unlike himself who need love, support, encouragement and the generosity of others to survive.

I didn't think he'd do it. I didn't think he'd understand what it truly means. And maybe he doesn't fully get it or grasp the weight of his actions. But it's a first step. And I'm so proud that he was open to this lesson!

Thanks to the generosity of our family and friends, Jacob raised nearly $700 for St. Baldrick's and got himself a nice new buzz cut!

Jacob before brave the buzz
Jacob after brave the buzz

About The St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrickโ€™s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. They fund the most promising cancer research just for kids. St. Baldrickโ€™s is the top private funder of childhood cancer research grants in the U.S. and around the world. Each year, thousands of volunteers worldwide organize fundraisers, such as the signature head-shaving events (like the one taking place at our school February 28, 2020), to raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting pediatric cancer research.

According to their website, every 2 minutes another child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer.

Help us stop the clock. Register. Fundraise. Show-up. Shave.

Thank you!

Help Jacob reach his donation goal by donating today!

I need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.