Hairless and Hopeful

Presently on the way to have my head shaved. Why would I do this? Well, I’ll explain in case you’re just tuning in.

See, there’s a foundation called St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They collect funds toward pediatric cancer research. They are the only nonprofit that dedicates all funds to ped cancer research, and they are only second to the federal government in funding pediatric cancer.

Why go bald? I’m doing it to raise donations and awareness. But also in solidarity with kids with cancer who lose their hair to chemo and radiation. One of those kids is my own son Robot Boy.

He’s currently-by definiton-in remission. The mass entombed within his brain stem and spinal cord hasn’t changed in five months, and so we are assuming and hoping that what remains is only scar tissue. There is no way to know. All we can do is monitor him, and wait.

Why should you help this cause? Well, if the fact that it helps fund life saving research that can save kids’ lives and hopefully conquer kids’ cancer isn’t enough, then I don’t know what to tell you. But I can tell you that kids’ cancer is the least funded of all cancers, and funds for research are desperately needed.

I can only ask that you consider helping our cause, and please visit our team’s link. You don’t have to shave to help a kid with cancer. You don’t have to donate a lot. Dollars add to more dollars.

Team Robot For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Point. Click. Donate.

Reading this post and seeing the photos of sweet little Donna brought me to a realization today. And maybe it wasn’t the most pleasant, but truth is truth. Thanks for this wonderful post kantal113 and thank you for helping raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Pinwheels and Poppies

I was at the boys’ school today, helping out in the library, when I heard one of the middle-schoolers practicing their flute out in the hallway. The sound of instruments being tuned up or practiced always makes me nostalgic for high school marching band.

I started daydreaming about the good old days in the band, when suddenly I realized what song I was hearing; and that brought me back to the present. The song was Fireworkby Katy Perry. It reminds me of someone very special who has changed my perspective on so many things. Honestly, she’s changed my life. As I exited the library, I searched the hallway for the source of the music and found a young girl and her friend sitting nearby; really focused on getting the notes just right. It brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.

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1. the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

I wrote recently about my son, whom I regularly refer to as Scoots or Doodles, having been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. When we first shared this information with family and friends, right away everyone wanted to know how to help and many of our friends and relatives have been going out of their way to do everything they possibly can-including finding ways to raise money to help our family with various costs (which will be exorbitant) related to my son’s illness.

To say I am overwhelmed by their generosity would be an understatement. I can not express my gratitude and appreciation to them, and others, who are helping us by donating money, coordinating events, hanging flyers, putting out donation jars, and spreading the word about our family’s situation. I never expected such generosity, and I am simply overcome with emotion by it.

Some of my very close friends have set-up a donation page at for my son under the name Team A.J. Already we’ve received generous donations from not only friends, family, co-workers, former co-workers, etc but also from strangers. We are so thankful to them all. There aren’t words to express it. I can’t say thank you enough times, but I will say it now-Thank You.