Yes, 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.
She 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.