Cancer sucks. According to the Canadian Cancer Society more then 40% of Canadian women will develop a form of cancer at some point in their lifetime. Which means odds are it has touched your life in some way, touched everyone’s lives in some way. I have watched as my dad’s friend’s wife died of cancer. I have watched as my mom’s cousin died of cancer. My aunt is a cancer survivor. My grandfather is a cancer survivor. My grandmother was a cancer survivor. My great aunt is fighting against cancer right now. I see people online like the lovely Julia from Ask Moma MOE who lost her own Mama to cancer, and I am bereft. I see people online like the amazing Coleen from Snippets of Me, who fought back against cancer and won. And I’m inspired. Cancer sucks, but we fight back.
And here I am with this blog, and all this long hair, and someone asked me, had I ever thought of cutting it off and donating it. And I thought, there’s got to be something more I can do, something on a larger scale than simply trimming 8 inches off of my hair, slipping it in an envelope and mailing it off to be donated. So I dreamt up this whole HAIRity thing, and I talked it over with the people at Pantene and they came to bat, supporting me with product to test out, with P&G product to use to raise money via silent auction, with a train ride to Toronto and a haircut at a fancy salon.
That’s why teaming up with Pantene for this meant so much to me. I really wanted to help promote the Beautiful Lengths program, to get the word out there and encourage others to #PonyItUp.
Somewhere my 24 inch ponytail is getting mixed in with another five or ten ponytails, and it’s being turned into a wig that will end up in the hands of someone who is fighting back against cancer. And I hope to hell they win, and I hope that this wig that’s getting made will bring them hope and a feeling of renewed self confidence.
Cancer sucks but together we rock. I wanted to use the “voice” I have here at my blog for some good, to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thank you so much for your support while I’ve been doing this fundraiser. For every donation, for every post, for every tweet. The support I’ve received from you guys has been awe inspiring, it has made me feel truly blessed. Together we have raised over $1300 for the Canadian Cancer Society. And while that’s far short of my original goal of $2500 it’s still pretty darn fantastic. Well worth stepping out of my comfort zone and getting a public haircut, even well worth risking alienating you all by rambling on about my hair for five weeks straight.
And now, it’s back to your regular scheduled program. My fundraising page on the Canadian Cancer Society’s website will remain open for anyone that wishes to add a donation, but officially speaking this fundraiser is over, and I am done nattering on about donations and hair cuts, at least for now. Thank you.
Here is a link to my fundraiser page at the Canadian Cancer Society if you would like to make a donation.
And if you’re considering cutting and donating your own hair, which I sincerely hope some of you are thinking about, you can read more about the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program at their website here.
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.