- Why did you decide to go Bald for Bucks, and lead School 58’s event?
Four years ago, a student asked me “Would you ever shave your head for cancer?” I responded yes not knowing that I had just signed myself up for the event. Later that year, I participated in my first Goin’ Bald for Bucks event. The next year, I became the lead teacher to run the event in addition to again shaving my head and raising money for cancer after the previous teacher went to a different grade level. Our most recent event in 2018 was the third time we participated in Goin’ Bald for Bucks.
- What has this experience meant to you?
Personally, Goin’ Bald for Bucks has taken on a whole new meaning as I was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, at the age of 29 a week after our bald event two years prior. This year’s event was very important, and meant so much to me. Those who participated in this year’s event did it for their own reasons and it was mainly for their own loved ones affected by cancer, however, I took it to heart as they were supporting me and what I went through whether they did it for me or not. A substitute teacher that I used to coach did not plan on shaving, but got up there in the spur of the moment to take part in the event. I knew he was supporting me and what I went through and there are no words to describe the feelings I had seeing this.
- How did Goin’ Bald for Bucks impact you/your family/and your friends?
My family loves that I take part in this event. Cancer has impacted my family in many ways, in addition to my own diagnosis I have had aunts that have passed away due to cancer, and my grandfather is currently undergoing treatment. My brother participates in the event as well, my nephew is too young to participate but I am looking forward to when he is a little older and he is able too.
- What would you say to other schools who are considering Goin’ Bald for Bucks?
I would encourage other schools and organizations that are contemplating about Goin’ Bald for Bucks to do it! It is an amazing experience for both students, and staff. What I love most about this event is how it brings the entire school community together. Everyone is able to honor those who are fighting cancer, those who have beaten cancer, and remember those who have lost their battle to cancer. It is special moments to see kids sporadically get inspired to donate or shave their head; it reminds us just how many people are affected with cancer.
- What are three fundraising tips that made your event successful?
- We made it a competition for our students; we split the grades up K-2 and 3-6 and told them the class that raised the most money in each group would receive a pizza party.
- We added milk/water jugs, to each classroom and had teacher’s build excitement with students to bring in change or money to fill up the jugs.
- We gave a “VIP” package to our 8th grade students running the event. The student with the received the most in online donations would receive a ¼ zip pullover, homework passes, and food!
- What was your favorite part of shaving day/event?
My favorite part of this year’s event was when nine students and staff members became inspired to take part in the event. Some said they knew someone fighting cancer currently, but others just became inspired and wanted to help. Many of these students were elementary students, and I found it extremely courageous. I thanked them all because it melted my heart and it made the day that much more special. It showed me why we continue to hold this event as a school community.