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Hair Today, Gone…Today

Here’s the proof that I actually did it – shaved my head as a part of the St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation’s fundraising campaign for children’s cancer research.  Click on this link to view the shearing, and make sure to check out the incredible work done by the Foundation.

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Every one of us has been touched by cancer in one way or another.  But it’s particularly heartbreaking when children are afflicted with the disease.  As I mentioned when I announced my participation in this effort right here a few weeks ago, I decided to commit to the head shaving campaign to honor the courage of a child I’ve never met – Joey Chamness, the son of NAMIC President and CEO Chuck Chamness – who’s been fighting cancer for years.  When Chuck told me earlier this year that Joey received a clean bill of health on his 18th birthday, something told me that I had to do more than write a check to St. Baldrick’s this year.

But the truly humbling part of this experience was the outpouring of support I received from individuals and organizations in the fraternal community.  I’ve never done anything like this before, and did not know what to expect when I asked folks to support me.  I set a fundraising goal of $5,000 and thanks to you I ended up raising more than $8,000 – putting me among the top 100 individual fundraisers in the world.  Fraternalists do put their money where their mouth is!

That definitely raises the bar for next year’s campaign.  Yes, assuming that my hair DOES grow back, I’m planning to have it shaved again next year.

Thank you all for your generous support.  You made this experience enriching in so many ways.

7 Responses

  1. Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner look out, there’s a new “bald is beautiful” in town! Great job Joe for a great cause. Looking forward to seeing the stubble in DC.

  2. Fantastic Joe. That’s commitment!

  3. It’s wonderful of you to honor the courage of children who are on such harrowing journeys through pediatric cancer. My granddaughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at 17 months of age. Today she is 10 and cancer-free. Miracles happen and it’s thanks to God, people like you and to those working tirelessly on cancer floors every day!

  4. Brother Annotti,
    Wonderful and inspiring support to the cause. You are looking great!
    Thank you,

  5. Thanks for all your kind comments and support. Already looking forward to next year’s event — presuming, of course, that my follicles grow back!

  6. Actions speak louder than words – well done Joe!!! What a fantastic cause to show support for and you truly showed support. With ongoing support like this maybe this horrendous decease will cease to exist in the future so no child will ever have to suffer and no parent will ever have to watch their child suffer!

  7. “proof that fraternalists put their money where their mouth is” as does the president of the Alliance! You and your many supporters have been incredibly generous. On behalf of St B’s and all the families like ours that have been affected by children’s cancer, thank you.

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