Some time ago I mentioned that I have signed up for a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. I am going to have my head shaved after begging my friends, family, co-workers and blog readers for donation to fund children’s cancer research.
I did this once before. I raised over $600 thanks to some very generous people, and I got a few blog posts out of it (perhaps you read one or two). I don’t mind being bald. Oh, I’ll admit to a few moments of “What the Hell was I thinking?” But on the whole, it’s fun to be bald. I’m looking forward to it.
What I am not looking forward to is asking people for money. I HATE asking people for money! I know it is a good cause and most people do not mind being asked. But I feel dumb and I just can’t get over it.
So I have been putting it off. Of course, it’s no good to start these things too soon, I tell myself. However, if I put it off too long, I will look really stupid in front of the other bald people, because I won’t have gotten any donations. Oh dear.
In fact, I have gotten one donation. My Aunt Mary (ooh, I hope she doesn’t mind me mentioning this) read my blog post saying I had signed up for the event, and she sent me a check. My first donation! Thanks, Aunt Mary!
The event is Sunday, March 6, at Arthur’s in Dolgeville, NY. For Steven and me, it will be the culmination of a delightful four-day weekend to celebrate his birthday. How many people do you know that get a bald wife for their birthday? Oh, don’t worry, I’ll get him other presents as well.
In the meantime, if any of you lovely people would like to make a present to children’s cancer research, I do have one of those fundraising websites: https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/813330/2016. And if anybody has any pointers on how not to feel stupid when asking folks for money, feel free to chime in.