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Shaving Your Head for Charity is Totally Baldacious

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More and more people today are deliberately going bald because the growth in cancer patients is increasing the use of head shaving campaigns for fundraising. The premise is simple: a person pledges to raise a specified amount of money and agrees to shave their head if friends, family and others donate to their cause. The reward, many say, is supporting friends and family members losing hair due to cancer treatment in a tangible way.

Totally Baldacious:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the US and Canada just announced the “Totally Baldacious!” campaign which encourages people to shave their heads or change their hair color. Other options include a temporary tattoo on bald heads or, for men, shaving or coloring beards or mustaches. President and CEO John Walter has joined in, saying he hopes to raise at least $50,000. "I believe in (our) mission with every bone in my body and every hair on my head," Walter said. "And I'm prepared to sacrifice those hairs to show in no uncertain terms just how much I care about helping people with cancer live longer, healthier lives."

Like many campaigns today, this one incorporates social media. LLS developed an application which participants can use to "virtually" bald their social networking profile and dare others to shave one for the team, or to support their fundraising efforts. You can find the app in the resources list below and use it to see what you would look like bald.

World’s Greatest Shave Draws More Than 100,000:

An even larger undertaking is the “World’s Greatest Shave” in Australia which takes place March 11-13. Started in 1998, World's Greatest Shave raised more than $92 million for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. More than 125,000 people from all walks of life shave or color their hair each year to raise funds. Where does the name come from? The Foundation holds the Guinness World Record for most heads shaved over a 24 hour period, set in 1999.

This isn’t the only large head shaving event down under.

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EmpowHER Guest

true and sad story soph.im sorry.

March 21, 2011 - 1:51pm
EmpowHER Guest

oh sophie thats soo sad.im really truly sorry i really know how you feel when i read this i was gobsmacked.im even hurt.by these words and pictures that enter my mind its just soo shooking. im soooo sorry luv.so sad bit is "DADDY where's mum i want her to read me a bed time story" mum is in heaven and she is looking down at us.so sorry i know how it feels without a mum.i hope you lead your life happy and always have your mum in your heart.you must be a wonderful duaghter love.(im 39 buy the way).

March 21, 2011 - 1:50pm
EmpowHER Guest

(as im writting this im in FULL tears and heartbroken)when my mum find out that she got lumps in both of her breast mum and my dad rushed to the hospital and they said that my lovely mum is 48 hrs away from death.now i didnt know this because i was 3 and half years old ...
we had a party the very next day and my amazing mum got her hair shaved so did my dad and at night my mum passsed away.she left and wrote something really speacial to me saying "never go for the bad boys"and she's like this to my big sister "dont buy yourself something cheap"
what was the most sad things i can remember was saying this to dad "DADDY wheres mum i want her to read me a bed time story"dad waas like mum is in heaven and she is looking down at us.I didnt know first but when i got older say 10 years and got the picture my heart just broke and i dont know how im going to heal it back.my friends always say "Some of us think holding on
makes us strong do it sophie so i do"but my mum is always in my heart...

March 21, 2011 - 1:40pm
EmpowHER Guest

oh my goooooooood.

March 21, 2011 - 1:19pm
EmpowHER Guest

MY older sister died of breast cancer like 6 and a half years ago so did my grandma about 15years ago.im really scared as im now 25 i get lumps in my right breast,im not married yet but i dont know how im going to feed my kids (if i dont die)....basically my family have a issue past about cancer...i really dont want to worry my fiancee or my family i keep looking at it everytime and it seems getting worser every two weeks but im really desperate.
hey thanks for the comments though really did help:)

March 21, 2011 - 1:15pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi everyone - I heard from a fellow leukemia survivor in Australia and wanted to pass along her comments. Makes me wish I could be there with her! Pat
Just to let you know my older brother and his work mates are fundraising for the Worlds Greatest Shave. Should be fantastic - next week - his workmates etc have hair dressers at the ready - quite a number are not shaving but colouring their hair in all different colours and patterns. My brother is having his hair coloured in a checker pattern - heaven to bid. There are about 4 guys going bald. I have been invited to give a small speech before the event - and then participate in shaving one of the guys heads so he will look baldacious as well. Their fund raising has hit the $10,000.00 (Australian) marker for the Leukaemia Foundation – a fabulous effort.

Sue (Aussie)

March 1, 2010 - 6:23pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi everyone - Here's an update on the Totally Baldacious campaign. John Walter, President and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) shaved off his hair on 02/22/10. As of 02/26/10 he's raised more than $30,000 to help fund cancer research and patient services - and says he's not done yet!

You can see photos here: http://tinyurl.com/yk3ktv5

You can see the blond locks fall from his head in this video:

LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

As a leukemia survivor I have benefited from the services of LLS many times. As a woman who is currently dealing with hair loss from treatment I'm moved beyond words by all of those who take such a personal action as shaving their head to help support us. Thank you so much!! Pat

February 26, 2010 - 5:31pm

I love this!!!!! I had never had a close family member suffer from cancer until last year and any causes in the name of a cure are fantastic! Thank you for fueling the fire behind a cure :)

February 26, 2010 - 4:34pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thanks Pat. When I was 7 I had spinal surgery. My roommate at the hospital was a 5 year old boy named Chris. He had leukemia.That was over 40 years ago and I've never forgotten him. My mother is also a breast cancer/lung cancer survivor. When I learned of the work the St.Baldrick's Foundation does to raise funds for childhood cancer research I knew it was something I wanted to participate in.

February 26, 2010 - 2:45am

April 15, 2010 I'll be having my head shaved to raise funds for the St.Baldrick's Foundation: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/363860

This will be the fourth year I've taken part. My first year I donated my hair to Locks Of Love before my head was shaved. I also plan on selling some of my artwork on Etsy.com to benefit St.Baldrick's. I would encourage more people to get involved and have their head shaved. Its a good feeling to know your helping to make a difference.

February 24, 2010 - 9:14am
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