What I want to tell you about RIGHT NOW is a very special group of moms... moms of kids who have, or had cancer. Some of these kids are still fighting, some of these kids are in remission, some of these kids are in Heaven right now, leaving a void here that can never be filled.
And so, these moms have gotten together and decided to shave their heads. WHAT?! Seriously. Of course they're not just doing this for fun. They are doing this to raise money to get more research... and to find a CURE! And I? Am helping them fundraise! ;)
I want to tell you about 3 very special moms and kids in this group:
Meet Tiffany and Miranda Beamer. Miranda was diagnosed in 2007 with Ewings Sarcoma. She is a Vanderbilt kid and we spent a lot of time inpatient with her and her family. Kennedy and Miranda are just days apart in age, and when they felt well enough they enjoyed playing together in the halls. Tiffany and I spent a lot of time talking... about motherhood, cancer, our Faith and lot of other things... we attended funerals together for our friends... friends that should still be here today. Each of us are so thankful we have our girls and are fighting to keep the memory alive of the many friends we have lost along the way.
Tiffany is the team leader of this fundraiser. She is shaving her head for her daughter Miranda and you can find her page here.
This is Shannon Barry. I first posted about her son Keeghan a little over two years ago. Keeghan had a brain tumor called Anaplastic Astrocytoma. He was diagnosed when he was 10 years old. Less than a year after I first posted about him, Keeghan was gone. Another victim of childhood cancer. Gone way too soon.
For obvious reasons, Keeghan was always one of my favorites. There's just something about that ultra cool name that makes an ultra cool kid! ;) I like to think he's up there in Heaven looking over MY Keeghan now... and really, he couldn't have a better guardian angel! Shannon is shaving her head in memory of her son Keeghan, and you can find her page here.
This is Mimi Avery with her son Julian. They are no stranger to the Internet world! Prayers went up all over for King JuJu while he was battling medulloblastoma, and when he lost that battle on January 19, 2008. Mimi has been a dear friend to me and has given me many words of encouragement and lots of prayers through Kennedy's battle with Leukemia. If you don't know Julian's story, I've posted about Julian a lot on this blog... here, here, here, and here.
Mimi is shaving her head in memory of her son Julian, and you can find her page here.
These are just 3 moms out of MANY who will be shaving their heads on September 13, 2010. They each have a story... they each have a child who has an amazing story of his own. They are each heroes. Go support St. Balricks and 46 Mommas who are going to Shave for the Brave!