Wednesday, February 22, 2006

[Locks of Love]


I promise, I'm not telling you this to brag about what a "good person" I am or draw attention to the fact... more to warn you if you see me after Saturday. Niki having no hair may be alarming to unsuspecting friends.

I'm gonna chop it off. My hair is just long enough (and thankfully thick enough, so to make up for the shorter hairs) that I can donate it to Locks of Love. They're having a fundraiser and hair-donation time on Saturday, from 10:00-1:00 in Ryle Hall. I encourage you to at least give a five dollar donation and get a trim.

This organization really hits close to my heart. As you may know, my [biological] mom died from the effects of spinal cord cancer (after she'd defeated it) at 26 years old... my cousin Stephanie died of a brain tumor at nine, less than a month before her tenth birthday... my Aunt Carolyn died of lung cancer... my cousin Karyl has leukemia... my dad may have cancer (he finds out for sure next month)... I had a cancer scare two years ago (turns out it was nothing)... another of my cousins found out a couple weeks ago that she has ovarian cysts...

I confess it's a hard thing for me to do, giving up my hair. There honestly is not much I can truly say that I like about my appearance, but my hair is one of the few things. But I can bear to give up this trivial vanity when I think about what cancer has done in my life and the lives of those I love. Because of cancer, I'll never see my mom, my aunt, or my cousin again in this lifetime.

Good-bye hair, in honor of my mom, Stephanie, and Aunt Carolyn... someone needs you a heck of a lot more than I do.

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