Friday, June 6, 2014

Those Who Shave Together, Stay Together....

For the past few months I have been sharing non-profit organizations encouraging you to perhaps donate or learn about some amazing organizations that could use all kinds of help.  And I am so thankful to those of you who have donated or learned more about the organizations I have shared. This month, I'm asking you to jump on board and donate to my husband and I as we prepare to shave our heads!!

My husband I are committed to fundraising for St. Baldrick’s for several reasons. While we have four very healthy children, we have seen our share of tragedy at the hands of cancer. We’ve also seen some very strong people whom we love very much battle the disease and survive. We realize that research is at the core of finding a cure for all types of cancer. Yet what is astonishing to us both is the lack of funding some types of cancer receive, including many childhood cancers. In an effort to help make a difference in the life of a child facing a cancer diagnosis, we fundraise. Kids' cancers are different from adult cancers and childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for research with the hope of finding a cure. Now we need your help!

But let’s also be honest. We’re kinda lazy. We’re not the kind to run marathons, or participate in triathlons, or even walk really, in order to fundraise. In fact with four kids ten years old and under, we do much of our community service work behind a computer. We’re okay with that for now. There was a time when we were more actively involved in volunteering, but we are so actively involved in raising our kids and simply staying afloat that we find the extra time we have dedicated to sleep.

Community service, fundraising, volunteering and bringing light to issues that matter to us is important to Marc and I. And so it is with great pride, and a little bit of nervousness, we both dedicate the next 25 or so days to fundraising for St. Baldrick’s, culminating with a spectacular head shaving event on June 30th. Please join us in memory of Marc’s mother (pancreatic cancer) and my grandfather (liver cancer), and in honor of my father (prostate cancer), one of my best friends (cervical cancer), a lifetime family friend (breast cancer), my cousin (breast cancer) and many other family and friends, but most importantly the children faced with a cancer diagnosis today, tomorrow and all the days after until we find a cure. Through our fundraising and head shaving we will honor and remember those we have lost, as well as champion those who have survived. We will also honor three children from Maine who lost their battle with various childhood cancers.

Please consider a small (or really, really large) donation to help us reach our goal. We promise not to disappoint when it comes to pictures and videos when the time comes to shave it all off. Lets work together to make a difference…these kids deserve it! Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

 xoxo Martie and Marc

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