Did you know that in 2012, an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer occurred worldwide?
Every time I hear it, I find it staggering. That’s why I’m joining the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s #NoHairSelfie movement on February 4, 2015 – World Cancer Day.
Many of us know someone who has lost their hair as part of their cancer treatment. So by shaving my head (you can do it actually or virtually!) I am going to demonstrate my support for thousands of Canadian cancer patients and their treatment journey.
Participating in the #NoHairSelfie is my way of standing alongside those that are fighting cancer so they don’t have to stand alone while raising money for cancer research.
Cancer affects us all
I carry this photo in my wallet. It goes everywhere with me.
My Aunt Zenaida passed away on January 6, 2004. She was only fifty-seven years old. She was one of the most amazing human beings I have known and when she died, part of me died with her. I remember her mostly as young and vibrant, with such great joie de vivre! She never took “no” for an answer and made all of her nieces and nephews believe in the beauty of our dreams. She taught us that above all else, family always came first.
As she fought her battle with cancer, we were with her. There were many ups and downs. The downs were especially challenging. Cancer affects us all. When we have a loved one fighting cancer, it’s important for them to remember that they are not standing alone.
When my aunt died, we were all by her bedside. My grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, brothers and I were with her at the end. I often think about her and in my heart I know that in those last moments, she knew she was loved and that we were there for her.
When I told my husband that I am thinking of taking it all off for World Cancer Day, he said he would do it with me. I cried. He reminded me that his Dad died of cancer in May of 2002. That was two years before I moved to the Island.
Now, our six year old has no idea that Hubby and I are taking this pledge. I know she may be upset and ask us to wait for after our Disney trip in February. She may surprise us and be excited about it. It really is a good cause.
Want to be a part of the movement?
1. Sponsor me! I’d love your support for cancer research as I aim to reach my goal of $500,000 by February 4th, 2015.
2. Shave your head too! It’s easy to participate and raise funds whether you actually go for the clean shave, prefer the soft fuzz look with clipper #1 or #2, or do it virtually with the #nohairselfie app. Register today! 3. Download the app and share your #NoHairSelfie on February 4, 2015- World Cancer Day.
By participating in the #NoHairSelfie campaign you will inspire friends and family to show their support and raise funds for cancer research.
So Shave. Share. Donate. Join me in the #NoHairSelfie movement so that together we can conquer cancer in our lifetime.
Spread the word!
#NoHairSelfie Twitter Chat to on Wednesday February 4 at 1:00pm-1:30pm ET
Shave the Day. Join Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s #NoHairSelfie movement and demonstrate your support for Canadians undergoing cancer treatment by shaving your head, or supporting someone else shaving theirs on February 4, World Cancer Day. #NoHairSelfie Show Your Support on World Cancer Day. http://www.nohairselfie.com/
Thank you for your support!