Three months of baldness! Wow! That was fun!
I’m sure I’ll write more about this at a later date, but I love being bald. It’s such a simple thing for me to do and do good at the same time. And also, I just like being bald for its own sake. It’s fun to challenge people’s ideas of what a lady ought to look like, it’s fun to try a different hairdo (although after three years of fundraising for St. Baldrick’s, it’s not really “new” to me anymore), and heck, I just think it’s pretty. I love bald ladies (and dudes, for what it’s worth!)
Anyway, aside from the superficial details, it’s always awesome to raise money for St. Baldrick’s! It’s a cause I believe in, a mission that I identify with, and a foundation that I feel I can trust. Unfortunately, I feel that I kinda fell down in my fundraising this year. I raised $290 this year. Well, hey- that’s $290 St. Baldrick’s didn’t have before! But my goal was $1000, and I’ve done much better in prior years. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself- charity fundraising is not a contest, right?- but I wanted to do so much better.
After a slight bit of browbeating (I should have done more to shake the pennies from pockets!), some realizations (fundraising without being on Facebook is a lot more difficult, y’all. And yes, I’m the only person on the planet who prefers not to have a Facebook account, apparently) and some thinking, I’ve come up with a solution that works for me: through the end of the year, I’ll donate from my own personal earnings until I reach my goal! Hooray! I’ve committed to raising $1000 for St. Baldrick’s this year, and damn it, I’m going to do it! But what I won’t being doing is asking for donations any longer- that ended with the traditional fundraising period. So no worries- my Twitter and this blog will be back to silliness and rambling starting right now.
As a side effect of this year’s fundraising and this great article from Jill Warren Lucas at Philanthropy Journal, I got to meet St. Baldrick’s CEO, Kathleen Ruddy. She is such an open, friendly person and it was really delightful to meet her. She even donated to my campaign! What a sweetheart!
Thanks again to all the friends (and kind strangers!) who donated to my campaign! By the end of this year, I will hit my goal, I’m certain of it. As always, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to fundraise for a group that does so much good. With our help and the money to fund research, I’m also certain that one day we will find a cure for all childhood cancers.