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And VOILA! They are bald! St. Baldrick’s event was amazing

In Family & kids, Raleigh NC on March 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

Thanks to everyone who has donated to St. Baldrick’s and continues to do so. The event here in Raliegh, NC at Napper Tandy’s was amazing. I’m so proud of the Striving for More team.  I hope you enjoy the photos. diane-stbs-22

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helping kids with cancer and remembering a special girl

In Family & kids, Raleigh NC on March 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Dave and Diane get funky-do's prior to head-shaving day to raise more $ for St. Baldrick's

Dave and Diane get funky-do's prior to head-shaving day to raise more $ for St. Baldrick's

Sweet Colleen

Sweet Colleen

A year ago my husband and son shaved their heads at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraising event. While I do not work on the account, St. Baldrick’s is a client of “my” agency, Fleishman-Hillard. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way….

While I was watching my then 6-year-old have his head shaved, proud and crying, the mother of the little girl Dave and Jackson chose to honor in their fundraising efforts introduced herself. [Enter Diane.] Diane apologized for Colleen not being able to make it due to recently having chemo, not being able to walk at the time…… hello, more tears.

Diane is a force. I knew that the moment I met her. I felt a connection that cannot be easily explained, but was worried that I would seem like a stalker if I asked her to be my best friend on the spot. A few weeks passed. I sent an email that said something along the lines of…”I know we don’t really know each other but what can I do for you?” Diane’s response is the perfect example of why I love her. She told me very specifically, very clearly and completely unapologetically what I could do for her. This, this and oh yeah this.

I had the honor of making jewelry with sweet Colleen and seeing her a few more times before she died last summer. Today, Jackson and Dave will join Colleen’s parents, Diane and Vince, on the Striving for More team to shave their heads in honor of Colleen.

Oddly enough, Diane just called to say she’s already down at Napper Tandy’s where the event is taking place. Diane is extremely close to being the top fundraiser for this event. Please consider donating in honor of Colleen, to help other kids with cancer, and to help Diane feel like she has done something amazing to help other families who are and will be dealing with the pain that her family has suffered and continues to suffer. As St. Baldrick’s continues to fund research for the treatment of childhood cancer, perhaps not as many mothers will have to go through what Diane has.

The event is today! Please donate now! http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2009-56318