Heya rogues. Been gone from this forum for a long time and I hope all is well! I guess arguing about politics just seemed really pointless all of a sudden. Many of you will be happy to know that you were right and I was wrong about Bush....he is, without doubt now, a complete idiot in most ways. But I digress...
I come back to beg for donations. Ya see, something really cool happened this week- I was helping a teacher in our building to raise money for kids with cancer by showing a video to all the students in our school. The organization is called St. Baldricks. It's an organization that asks people to shave their heads to raise money in solidarity with kids that have cancer (read more about it at www.stbaldricks.org); Anyways, two girls from my wife's 5th grade class actually wanted to shave their heads to raise money. They asked their parents and their parents said yes, so now they're ready to go! The two girls are named Stevie and Kenna (I had Kenna in 2nd grade).
The thing is, they have only ONE WEEK until they shave their heads (on St. Patrick's Day- March 17th); Would anyone like to donate any money for these girls' cause? We are really proud of them and are planning on giving them each $50! They're going to do great and I think they'll gain a LOT from the experience.
If you'd like to donate any money, you can go to their webpages at stbaldricks.org to donate by phone or online. Here are the 2 webpages:
If you can only give a couple bucks, that's just fine. It's very easy to donate online. If you DO decide to give, but only to one girl- make it Kenna. Stevie is already cooking with donations and we'd love Kenna to get just as many. Thanks to anyone who'd like to participate. These girls are really brave to do this, especially at their age and we're very proud of them!
I attached their picture below so you can, like, picture them bald if you like. Sorry I haven't been around the Safehouse- I haven't forgotten you guys, though, and still wear my Safehouse hat out in the yard... (how old have we all gotten, by the way???). Take it easy!
I'm totally gonna shave my head if Kenna wavers at the end. She's still a bit conflicted because she's not getting the kind of support we'd like to see from all her family (her Grandpa offered her $200 to NOT shave her head....dipwad...). I figure I need a haircut anyways, save $12 right? Stevie, on the other hand, is all about it....she's our little activist hippy chick.
Thanks to any that give. A certain unnamed gnome gave a donation today that pushed Kenna over her online goal- which made her completely happy (they check their sites all day long). THANKS SO MUCH!
As for coming back....eh....I need to keep cutting my message board dependencies, not regress. Unfortunately, a Penn State football message board monopolized my post-Safehouse time and I'm still trying to kick that one. I just resisted the urge to post on that planetary-size thread down below (which is pretty damn nifty)....don't tempt me.
Hey Nimm, you folks know about Locks of Love? They take hair cuttings to make wigs for cancer patients. They need hair to be 8 or 10 inches long, but I bet Kenna at least would be able to provide some.
Llabak- Yeah, there's a local one here. Stevie had hair all the way down her back at the end of last year, and cut it chin length to donate. Kenna's will most definitely be used.
Morv- holy crap. If you just did what it looks like you just did you are the freaking MAN. I don't even care that I'm going to have to explain where the hell that came from tomorrow! ("You see I used to play this game....with dragons and gnomes....and I was a barbarian.....and there were these other barbarians.....and we were really good at stabbing people in the back...and we stick together...". hah!)
lol.... Thanks so much guys- this is really great. Talked to the girls today about barbarians and gnomes and cool people with bigger wallets than me (ironically enough, I'm still using the NY Giant wallet that Kenna gave me in 2nd grade).
Stevie just called us with the news- some unknown, rich relative gave her a thousand bucks. So, Kenna is basically out of the running as far as that goes, but it's all good. They're doing it together. Told me today that they're going to tell the people that run it that they can't have any of their donations unless they let both girls get shaved at the same time, side by side. There are a lot of naysayers in our little conservative town, so all of this support really helps these girls to stick with it.
I can't thank you all enough for this. Rogues rule! (especially barbs)
I hope you didn't mention anything about gnomes that don't wear pants. That might be a tad much for the little ones to handle. ...well Barbs not wearing pants are a bit much to handle...gnomes not wearing pants are just kinda freaky.
The girls did GREAT on Saturday. They hardly got nervous at all, until they were up in the chairs to get shaved. Even then, they were being cheered on so much by the crowd that they had no problems going through with it. They have been so brave and strong through all of it. In fact, they had all these scarves and hats they were planning on wearing to school and they've totally ditched them. They're just as bald as can be....
On Monday morning I went into the gym where the 100+ 5th graders stay until the bell rings to make sure the girls were all right- when Kenna walked in, she wasn't wearing a hat or anything. She just walked right in the door- but it was so cool, the rest of the 5th graders started clapping for her.... I think a lot of kids are looking up to them, which is a great thing.
Thanks so much for your support on this- I can honestly say that the financial windfall that came from this REALLY helped the girls go through with it.
I was waiting until today to post the update because the story came out in our local paper. Here's a link to the site (front page, baby):
Glad it all came out positive and that so many of their class is behind them on it. Having the rest of the class make fun of them would be the biggest downer of it all. The on top of it that they made so much money for doing it has to be something to note as well.