Cazenovia Republican editor Jason Emerson got his head shaved two years ago at the St. Baldrick's event in Skaneateles and this year will do it again in Cazenovia. And he may shave his beard too.
And now, two years later, here in Cazenovia I find myself inspired anew. The Caz event, which I reported on last week, already has more than 55 people signed up and, as of press time this week, has raised more than $8,500. Those numbers alone are impressive to me, and I’m sure they will continue to grow.
I spoke with the father of Nathaniel Henry, the 6-year-old Burton Street student who will be the Cazenovia event’s “honored kid,” and hearing him explain his son’s battle and how, today, you would not even know Nathaniel is fighting against cancer, was very moving. And I spoke with Cazenovia High School senior Amara Kattrein, who is going to chop off 23 inches of her blond hair and has raised more than $1,500, and I was inspired again. It’s difficult to go bald at all, but moreso for women, and especially for teenagers. To know that Amara is going all out to go from nearly waist-length hair to bald is amazing.
Amara, in fact, has inspired me in another way. Those of you who know me or have seen me know I keep my hair pretty short, and while I am currently growing it out, going bald for me is not a real hardship. However, I have not shaved my beard and mustache off in 10 years … I really don’t like how I look without them, and, 10 years ago, my nearly-1-year-old daughter got very upset that daddy looked so different.
So now, my daughter is older and I am thinking that if Amara can take such a drastic change and cut off her long golden locks, maybe I can shave off my beard and mustache. But I think I need to reach my fundraising goal in order to do it.
So yes, dear readers, I am shilling for donations to my St. Baldrick’s profile and if I can make it to my $450 goal I will go clean-faced. For those of you who like me and want to help, I would very much appreciate your donations; for those of you who really don’t like me here’s your chance to make me uncomfortably self-conscious for a while if I have to wait for my facial hair to grow back (which it does at an agonizingly slow rate).