A few weeks ago I received a message from someone asking if we would mind if their son shaved his head in honor of Ruby. He has a teacher (who we know from church) who shared Ruby's story and a few videos with the class. Since his older brother had been shaving his head in in the name of kids going through cancer treatments for the last few years, he wanted to join in the great cause. She hadn't even lost all of her hair at this time, but of course we agreed. Now Ruby is an official honor kid of St. Baldrick's.
Then I started reading more and asking more about this foundation. St. Baldrick's is one of a few awesome organizations that is working hard to bring about change for the future of childhood cancer. They work with pediatric oncologists to determine the most promising research to fund. Then they create cool events to raise funding so that they can make the greatest impact for children with cancer. The grants that have come out of St. Baldrick's cover a wide range of childhood cancer, and are providing more insight and information about treatment daily.
One such event they host is "Brave The Shave":
"St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2013, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine."
My understanding is that this young boy, along with his brother and anyone else who signs up, will get their heads shaved to raise donations. You can sign up ahead of time, show up and get shaved, send in donation dollars, volunteer...so many options. Our family is planning to attend; we can't wait to participate in the excitement.
So if you'd like to come out and get your head shaved in her honor, or come out and watch others get bald for brave kids, or just donate to the awesome cause, click here. (This event is in Vinings, GA, March 6, 2016, 1-5PM. If you sign up, you can even join 'Team Ruby' on there.) We'd love to see you all out there (maybe wearing a Team Ruby shirt?), cheering on the brave kids battling cancer and the amazing people shaving in solidarity.