Last week I took a trip to Morrice High School to take part in this years St. Baldrick’s event. They asked me to come out and speak to their students about my experiences with Childhood Cancer and how important it is to be involved with events like this. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Each year, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Cancer is the number one killer of children in the U.S. and Canada.
Showing up to the high school that day I knew it would be a great event and very touching, I never thought that I would learn any lessons from an 8th grade girl. One of the girls in the school decided that she wanted to be a part of the event and raise money. In turn for her raising the money for cancer she was going to shave her head. Her parents told her she had to raise $300 and she could do it, her total was more than $900. Pretty inspiring to see an 8th grader shaving her head the day before their school dance and the entire school erupted showing support.
Being able to put aside your personal insecurities and give to something bigger than yourself is a lesson that most 8th graders haven’t learned yet. It’s impressive to think back to how you felt at that age and if you would have been able to put yourself in an awkward position to benefit someone else.
To get involved with the St. Baldrick’s foundation check out the website http://www.stbaldricks.org and join in for one of your local events.