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Breast Cancer Shave-A-Thon Event

Posted Apr 01 2009 2:52pm

shaveathon videoYes, we actually did it! We shaved my head, and I’ve never felt more alive as I do at this moment!

This was truly an incredible moment in my life, and I am so grateful to all of you who helped me turn this difficult moment into something I actually enjoyed doing. It has taught me some very important lessons about turning lemons into lemonade, and how the most challenging moments in this journey are the moments I need to pay special attention to. Each time something arises that seems unconquerable, I will find something I can do, a twist I can use, that makes it a moment to look forward to.

The entire shaving experience took over an hour (although we edited it down to just the highlights for the video), and in that hour, a new person was born. This new character represents the best part of all of us when the chips are down.

SurvivaShe was born when she faced her deepest fears. She was born only when life’s events became more than she thought she could handle. She was born when I couldn’t think of a good reason for this to have happened to me, and I scrambled to find meaning in it all.

I had to face the fact that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes there isn’t a good reason for it. But since I am a firm believer that EVERYTHING happens for a wise purpose, I needed to find a way for THIS to make sense. I needed to scramble to find a way to “polish that cloud until I create the silver lining”.

It wasn’t easy to find a way to create good from all this. But as I struggled to do exactly that, “She” was born. Her name is Surviva.

Her job is to be the face of breast cancer awareness. It is her mission to spread the word and teach people that all pain can be conquered. All challenges can be met with fierce determination. And above all…ALL things can be viewed from a new perspective, and become a positive experience for each of us.

She is me. She is you. She is all of us. Surviva Lives!

And she was born when all of you joined forces to show breast cancer that it doesn’t stand a chance. She was born from the unity and support you all gave me when I needed it the most.

It is truly amazing what can happen when good people decide to do something special for others, isn’t it? No, I’m not talking about what I did by shaving my head for charity.

I’m talking about a group of amazing people who, when asked to help, dove right in without a moment’s hesitation, and opened their hearts and their wallets to help someone else.

I am absolutely floored by the incredible response we received!

Most of the individuals who were contacted were from the internet business community, and I think this speaks volumes about how unexpected heroes come out of the woodwork when it comes time to truly make a difference.

The Shave-A-Thon went so well, and so many people immediately pitched in, that I needed to figure out how to solve a problem I hadn’t anticipated!

I didn’t plan for what would happen if more than 96 square inches of my scalp was “sold”! Originally, when I decided I was going to go “all out” and use my head shaving experience for the greater good, it didn’t dawn on me that it was possible to raise more than the original $4,800 goal.

But we sold 263 clickable square inches of my head and raised a total of $13,215 for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade!

We far exceeded our original expectation, and needed to scramble to come up with a way to deal with the “oversale” problem. After all, we promised donors 1 inch of clickable space per $50 donation, and to keep our promise, we needed to find a way to clone my head!

What a wonderful problem to have, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Err, or is that from the top of my shiny scalp?

So, we figured out how to keep our original promise to our generous sponsors…

Instead of just having one clickable head shot, we’ve decided to clone my head for charity. All our generous sponsors will be featured on this page, and showcased as my heroes for breast cancer awareness.

Video screenshot of Sylvie getting shaved bald for charity Here’s the video of the shave-a-thon event…

This video is about 12 minutes long and requires Adobe Flash to view (you should have it already). Click to view the shave-a-thon video…

Here’s the list of my heroes in order of donation size, from the topmost first. (Again, thank you so much for your help, even if you simply promoted my event! It means the world to me.)

  1. Jeff Dedrick
    Internet Marketing Product Launch Secrets
  2. Stephen & Alicia Pierce
    Optimize Your Mind for Accelerated Mental Performance
  3. Shawn M. Casey
    Internet Marketing
  4. Anonymous Donor ($1,000)
  5. Anthony Coyne
  6. Yanik and Melissa Silver
    Thank You Letter
  7. Wendy Makepeace
    Clayton Makepeace, The Total Package
  8. Matt
    Marketing Tips
  9. Dr. Kenny Handelman
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  10. Paul Tilson Weinberg
    Cape Breton Island’s Adventure & Retreat Center
  11. Joel and Mary Comm
    Coupon Codes
  12. Lisa R. Preston
  13. Jeff Johnson
    Childrens Leukemia
  14. Alice Seba
    Moms Talk Network
  15. Matt Bowen
    Elliott Wave, Elliott Wave software, Fibonacci, Forex
  16. Peter Stone
    You’re Just One Salesletter Away From Wealth
  17. Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero
    Conscious Copywriting For A New Era
  18. James E. Haas III
    Prophet, Mystic
  19. Dr. Mani
    Help Save a Child’s Heart
  20. Wayne Van Dyck
    Making Money
  21. Gary Raimo
  22. Robert Barco
    Bean Bag Chairs
  23. Dr. Cindy Brown
  24. J.J. Childers
    J.J. Childers
  25. Doug Stewart
    Naming Your Company
  26. Neil A Shearing
    Neil Shearing
  27. Heidi Walter
    Nanotechnology Health & Wellness
  28. Raymond Paquette
    Bridesmaid Gifts, Pearl Bridal Jewelry, Bridesmaid Jewelry
  29. Lisa Manyon
    Lisa Manyon
  30. Kevin Kavanagh
  31. Norman Sefton
  32. Mary K Weinhagen
    Greeting Cards
  33. Tatiana Velitchkov
    All Needs & Wants on Closeout
  34. Andre Chaperon
    Andre Chaperon
  35. Shiela Eaton
    Breast Cancer Victory Blog
  36. Nina Bryant
    Marketing Systems
  37. Carolyn Ash
    Integrative Skincare That Works
  38. Joanne Hall
    Find Women’s Clothing That Fits
  39. V. Witt
    Dog Care
  40. Joseph Ratliff
  41. Janice Campbell
    Making Time For Things That Matter
  42. Lisa Uman Crisalle
  43. Kevin Brent Cook
    Mental Fitness and Training for Traders
  44. Teri & Bill McCready
    Futures Trading
  45. Paul Woodall
    All the tools needed to GoGetUm on the web.
  46. Kathleen Gage
  47. Tom Heatherington
    Log Homes Directory and Information Portal
  48. Lou Schuyler
  49. Michele Pariza Wacek
    copywriting, marketing
  50. Richard F. Hill
    Disaster Preparedness
  51. Pam McKinnis
    Childrens Boutique Clothes
  52. Vera Randall
    Website Design
  53. Mark Semple
    Be Successful Together
  54. Jeanette Cates
  55. Ellen Violette
    ebook writing
  56. Mila Sidman
    Work At Home Mom
  57. Ann White
    Rare Book Store And Writer’s Resource For New Authors
  58. Sid Smith
  59. Monica Villarreal
    natural health remedies
  60. Janiss Garza
    Exercise and Yoga DVD Reviews
  61. Norman Kraft
    Zen Writes, Inc.
  62. Anonymous Donor ($50)
  63. Anonymous Donor ($50)
  64. Anonymous Donor ($50)
  65. Anonymous Donor ($50)
  66. Charles Switzer
  67. David Deutsch
  68. Glen R. Kohlenberg
  69. Sieglinde Wallis
  70. Te Hope Hakaraia
  71. Gill Fernley
  72. Kerry Goodbrand

The Organizers Of This Event

And a very special thank you is for a few people who have made this entire experience memorable…

Megan Malette, who was brave enough to shear my hair for me.

George, from Blackburn Barber Shop, who generously donated the equipment, his time, and his expertise.

And there aren’t sufficient words to thank one person who has been there for me, supported me, and made my healing possible…my dear brother, Lou Charrier. Thank you bro! You mean the world to me!

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