I say this as a simple statement of fact, without pride or vanity. Central to my good looks is my hair. I have a full head of, thick, lustrous, straight auburn-brown hair with full body. I have the sort of hair that John Edwards has to pay $400 to get. But my hair is so naturally appealing that I do not to spend an excessive amount of time primping it; it just naturally falls into place. My wife reports that she initially intended to give me the brush-off on our first date, a blind date, but my hair looked so nice she hung on, and the rest is history. I am not obsessed with it, nor do I make a big deal of it, but it cannot be denied that I simply have great hair.
You may wonder why I am perseverating on about my hair, and there is in fact a reason. I am going to shave it off, and I want you to help me in this quest.
Long-time readers of this blog may recall my posts about Nathan. Nathan was a great little boy who had the misfortune to develop neuroblastoma, and despite waging a long and determined fight against this dreadful disease, he died this summer at the age of seven, one of the far too many children to become angels due to neuroblastoma.
I've known Nathan's parents for years and they are among my closest friends. Nathan's death has affected me deeply. My oldest son is now the same age Nathan was when he relapsed, and I think about Nathan almost daily when I tuck my children into bed. It's a terrible thing when things like this happen to children, and in Nathan's memory and honor I want to do what I can to help speed the day when diseases like this are curable.
This is why I joined my friend Matt in participating in this year's St. Baldrick's Day event.
Here's how it works: You click the link and pony up a couple of bucks. I shave my head and post the pictures here for all the world to see. Children's cancer research gets the money. You get the warm satisfying feeling of positive karma spreading through your body. We all win.
So go ahead and click the link below. Give what you can, and I thank you in advance for your generosity. Children's cancers are shamefully underfunded -- less than 1% of all cancer research funds donated through the American Cancer Society are directed towards research on pediatric cancers. Your dollars will fill a critical need, and will make a real difference.
What are you waiting for? Click the link!
20 January 2008
Posted by shadowfax at 9:48 PM