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The Mad Hatters get shaved!



When the camera pans over to Mandie, there is a girl with a green and white scarf tied up in her hair. At the end of the day, we were trying to raise money so that Dr. Chang would shave her hair a few years early (she only does it every 5 years so she can donate it to Lock of Love) and Heather said that she was going to shave this year even though she'd decided against it. Come to find out, she's getting married in August and wanted to have hair for the pictures. Then, in September, she's starting chemo and figured she'd let her hair fall out for that. She's already beaten Ovarian Cancer and has Breast Cancer now. I went and gave her a hug after she came off the stage because Ovarian Cancer Survivors have to stand together!

Also, the Queens for a Cause were ACTUALLY Queens! We were in awe of them shaving off their lovely hair but it was all fake! Just wigs! One came in a beautiful taffeta gown that is probably part of her stage act (they were talking afterward about how they were going to MC at least part of the night without their wigs so they could tell everyone about the event) but quickly discovered that the tight packed room was not the place to try to maneuver such a fluffy thing.
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Eek! In a week, I'll be bald again! I'm looking forward to it this year because this blue is not pleasing me at all. It fades so quickly that I have green tips in no time! I redid it tonight so that I'm plenty blue tomorrow because there are some kids coming by to present me a check from their SHARE fund and they want a picture for their family Facebook. These two kids are 8 and 6 and they're giving me somewhere around $100. Can you believe that? For Christmas (THIS CHRISTMAS) they donated almost $700 to our local animal shelter. Their parents started them on one of those 1/3 save, 1/3 spend and 1/3 share programs and they've donated A TON of money. I'm so excited to get to send in their check to St. Baldrick's and see their name on the website! And it all started because the little girl complimented my hair. As always, I explained why I was blue and why I would soon by bald and she thought that was pretty cool, too, although she wanted to make her hair blue and not shave it off but suggested that her brother might want to shave his off. *grins* How nice of her to volunteer him! They're definitely a family I'm going to keep in touch with and perhaps see if they want to shave/volunteer at the event next year.

I've received some truly amazing donations this year that just have me flabbergasted! The change buckets that I've had up at the store I work at have gotten over $100! That's not counting the two that I have back at the Pharmacy that we point to when we talk about it. And I say we because my coworkers talk up this thing like crazy! Beth asked if she could have one of my "Ask Me Why I'm Bald" pins so she could change it to say "Ask Me Why She's Bald" which I think may have to be a thing!

And to all of you here at LiveJournal that have donated, I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU! I would give you all hugs if I could! I know that we don't "see" each other the way that friends might "see" each other on a daily basis, having coffee and scones and whatever it is that RL friends do, but I figure I see you here more than I see most everyone else in my life save my parents so you're all just as much my friends as anyone I might reach out and hit in the arm in a friendly sort of gesture.

This is a fund raiser and I would be remiss if I didn't put the link to my donation page here in this post about St. Baldricks: It's here and you can find my current hair color picture and a link to the kids I'm honoring (one of them is a 5 year old that our family knows personally from where we live that was diagnosed last year with leukemia) and any information that you'd like to know about the organization. Yes, it's a real organization! Yes, people around the US shave their head at local event and raise money for childhood cancer research. Yes, my hair really is blue. Yes, you can do it, too! Or you could volunteer if you're not keen on shaving your hair off. Or you could start an event where you are!

I usually live tweet the event but I'm not sure if I'm going to this year because I haven't used Twitter as much lately. We will attempt a video. I'm not sure where last year's ended up and the year before it didn't show up well. The first year that I shaved is still up on YouTube (look up Larinzia and I think it's the only video I've ever posted). Fun times!

Oh... and not so fun times... I lost most every game we played this weekend. I think I got three out of twelve. *pouts*
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Remember last week? When my hair was blue? Want to see what color it is this week? )

I'm going to edit this to remind you that you can still donate HERE to an organization that spends most all of the money they received on Childhood Cancer Research. All the different events are put on by VOLUNTEERS! You aren't paying for a CEO to sit in a penthouse and count his money.

And the reason that I'm coloring my hair is that I'm going to SHAVE IT ALL THE WAY OFF at a St. Baldrick's event in March. Yes, you read that right. It's all coming off. I do this instead of walking around a track (been there, done that and I'll probably do it again just because we are in the process of losing one of our teammates to cancer as I write this and we want to honor her) or baking cookies or any of the other different ways of raising money. I shave my hair... you donate. It's pretty easy!
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This video sums up really nicely why I support St. Baldricks with both my time and my money. And, I suppose, with my hair. If you're new to my blog, you may not know that I'm a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer at the age of 21 and am working on an astounding 18 years of being cancer-free! I was pretty naive back then and didn't really know what my diagnosis meant... it's probably a good thing that WebMD didn't exist back then! Now I understand much more about what my condition meant. I can't imagine a child going through the emotional turmoil I went through and I only had surgeries, no chemo or radiation.

1 in 5 children will be diagnosed with cancer.

That is one child too many.

Please consider donating at www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shelleyk2013. I understand about fiances being tight, believe me. One or two dollars would go a long way in helping. I know me and my blue hair would greatly appreciate it!

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Last night I came home rather apprehensive. The nephews had arrived and I wasn't sure of my reception with the orange/yellow hair. Nic hadn't had a problem with the purple but he was very small when I went that color. He's never had a problem with either me or Mandie or his dad when we've shaved. But I didn't want this to be the time when Will decided he was scared of me.

He was in the bath and heard me and began his year-old chanting of what is the beginnings of "Auntie" and is still becoming more coherent with practice. I raced in to see him as he was trying to fight his Mom to get out of the tub. He didn't even care what I looked like, only that I was there and that I was willing to play with him (pour water from one measuring cup to the other over and over ad nauseum? Sure, bud! I don't mind doing that at all).

Nic, of course, wouldn't look at me straight on. When he did finally meet my eyes, it was hours later and he should have been in bed and he merely rolled his eyes back so only the whites were showing in an expression that I'm coming to see quite a bit of. Me and Nic, we've still got issues. I still get a lot of "No, Auntie" no matter what I say or do. Oh well. He's not quite three. Who am I to complain?

I played the good auntie last night. Tif is here alone on this trip. They're heading to Brasil in a few weeks and Alex had to stay behind to get caught up on some work (they're staying for 6 weeks but he'll be able to do a lot of his work from "home" and on skype but he's still apprehensive about being away for the weekend) so Tif gets double-teamed at night. I woke up to hear Will crying (screaming, really), knowing there was no way she could have both the boys in bed which meant that Will was angry with having to stay in the playpen. I asked if she wanted me to help and, as the way of all mothers of screaming children at 3am, she said, "Do what you want."

So Will came to bed with me. He took about an hour before he wasn't doing that little snuffly nearly-cry thing that kids get after crying for so long. And he kept staring at me. I'd open my eyes and see his dark little orbs still trained on my face. I sang and talked to him and finally decided I needed some help. Out came my phone and Spotify and I pulled up the first playlist that didn't have any words. Why, thank you BBC Orchestra and your fine performance of Scotland's soundtrack. He finally drifted off.

But I wasn't comfortable. My tailbone is still giving me fits and I was in an awkward position where my arm didn't have any place to go. I'm not good at knowing where to put everyone so we fit into bed, seeing as this is my first time ever doing this. I don't even normally sleep with another person (Spencer doesn't count as a person and I can just tell her to move in a stern voice if she gets in my way) so I was acutely aware of him there on the bed. So I did something stupid. I tried to move Will.

He woke up in a rage, aware that he wasn't in a bed that he recognized and I was not his mother. He tried to crawl out of bed and, in doing so, stumbled upon the wad of blankets that Spencer was under. Oh, the doggy. The doggy was in bed with us? That made everything instantly better. Spencer curled up on Will's side and the little boy went back to sleep with very little other fuss.

But I still wasn't comfortable. For all of that, nothing had really changed. So I improvised. I couldn't move the boy so I moved myself and just flipped my pillows around to the other side of the bed. And the three of us slept peacefully for the rest of the night.

Once again, Auntie was triumphant when it came to sleep. But Auntie is very tired this morning, even though we slept quite late for that little guy. Auntie is now sitting in a silent house, the only member of the family that didn't go to one of the Little's basketball game, with her head wrapped in a towel as the hair bleach goes to work on the last bit of red hair dye that's still clinging tenaciously. I should be closer to a pure blonde in an hour and then it's on to the blue dye.

Now I need to muster the creative muse and clear up some of the stories that need to be done so I can start in on some of the stories for the Valentine's Mini Promptathon at [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised and the story that is still formulating for some of the other prompts I have to write.

I'm thinking about signing up for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang and writing the Sleeping Beauty idea but I need to check and see if originals are in the rules. I was discussing it with my family last night and I got a few, "Hmmm... that could be interesting" which is every bit as much like a pat on the back and a "Yes, you should do that" from them.
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I've told you, over and over, how cool my sister is. She's probably one of my very favoritest people. This is more than partly due to the fact that she a pediatric oncology nurse. Yes, she works with kids with cancer. Because I understand a little about her work, working in pharmacy, I am privileged to get to be one of the people who she unburdens to. This, in itself, is a small miracle. My sister is one of those rare people who doesn't talk about the things that bother her. She holds in her hurt. Because of this, she suffers from a sort of depression in her down time. Nothing dramatic but I don't think she unwinds easy. Her heart, you see, is rather tender and she has to work to keep the iron bars that protect it in place.

I tell you this to share this with you. These are her words about why she shaves her hair for St. Baldricks:

As I get ready for my fourth year as a St Baldrick's Shavee I thought I'd take a look back at when it all started. I've realized that I've made quite a few new friends since that day. So here it is....

In November of 2007 I made a promise to a 5 year old named Arianna. One thing I've learned is that you don't get to go back on promises made to kids. I promised her I would shave my head. And so in Jan 2008 I found myself registering for my very first St Baldrick's event. Nervous, scared, worried, yep, those all described how I was feeling. And inspite of it all I was excited to be part of something so much bigger than myself.

Since 2002 I've worked as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. I've cried with families, laughed with families and witnessed miracles. But I had always wondered if there was something more I could do. St Baldrick's gave me the opportunity to help change the face of childhood cancer. It allowed me to help bring more recognition to this group of diseases that often go untalked about, to help fund research, to help find a cure!

Everyday 36 children will be diagnosed with cancer, that is 13,500 ever year. 13,500! 1 in 5 diagnosed will die within 5 years. The simple fact is that the number 1 killer children only receives 4% of the National Cancer Institute's annual budget to fund research. That is 5x less than what breast cancer research receives. Let's face it, research isn't cheap! St Baldrick's is helping fill the gap between the government's funding and what is needed. And without us St Baldricks could not exist.

My first St Baldrick's experience was bittersweet. 2 weeks before I took the stage Arianna passed away. She was cancer free, thanks to a bone marrow treatment. But her body was too weak to fight off a rare side effect. As I came down off the stage, sans hair, I found her mom in the crowd.

She said to me "You know Arianna is looking down laughing."
I nodded, tears in my eyes. I would have expected nothing less from Arianna.

This is where I ask you to help me. I need help raising money. My hair for your donation. Feel free to share this with your friends and family to help me spread the word.


Why do I do it? BECAUSE IT'S THE LEAST THAT I CAN DO. For a woman, going without hair is sometimes seen as a shameful thing. Do I look good without hair? No, not really. I don't like standing out in a crowd but I dye my hair wild colors so that I can start a dialogue with people. It's tiring for the girl that doesn't like talking to stranger, let me tell you.

But I do it because I like seeing our honored children at the event. We lost two this year. They will be so missed, I can't even tell you how heavy my heart is. One of the honored children is 17 and in remission. He doesn't mind coming back to the site of one of the most traumatic events of his life, reliving his days with cancer, because he has friends who are still battling.

I don't want to lose any more children. If that means I'm uncomfortable in my own skin for a couple of months, so be it! I cry at the event every year. I weep like a baby most of the time. For my hair? For my vanity? For my pride? No. For the kids well enough to come to the events, all of them with smiles lighting up their faces. For the kids who aren't well enough to come but send a representative, usually a parent worn down and gray with the stress of having a sick child. For the kids who aren't there because they lost the battle.

Please donate. My link is right here: www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shelleyk2013. The organization has a good track record for using a good percentage of the money raised for research and not for administration costs. Most all the people who run the events are volunteers. This year, Mandie and I volunteered to be shavee coordinators so I get to use some of my Event Management skills, something I am super excited about!

And thank you! Thank you for stopping in your day to read this.
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What do you think? Blue hair with purple streaks? Purple hair with blue streaks? I need to color my hair either this week or next to make it worth it.

This is the special year that my sister and I shave together. The bad thing about that is that we split the donations between our family and mutual friends. We've got a sort of bet going over who has friends more likely to donate... I say that my friends are cooler than her friends. While I have "more" friends than she does, she thinks her quality is better than my quantity.

So I'm asking my online friends to donate $5.oo toward my goal, just to show that my quantity is still quality!

The link to my donation page is: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shelleyk2013. Donations are tax deductible in the States.

I would say that I would write you a story if you donated but I haven't even sent out the Christmas cards yet. *ducks* I'm not promising anything but you can ask!
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Sorry for essentially reposting this but I realized when I was watching it a second time that I can embed it!

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As promised, here is the link to 7's Heroes that was run yesterday and is all about Mandie and the Mad Hatters. Go get a tissue before you watch...

Also, he didn't get his name on this show but you get a little glimpse of a child from our area (2.5 hours away from Boise) who was just diagnosed with Leukemia last week, right before this was taped. I'm praying so hard that he's not in the hospital next year when I shave. I'd love to be able to say that I don't have to raise money for him!
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The video finally worked!!!! Hooray!



Now you can count how many times Lar says "Awesome" in her commentary!
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Today was St. Baldrick's Shaving Day in Boise! My sister is the leader of the Mad Hatters, a team of nurses at St. Luke's and assorted family, and the team is still in FIRST PLACE based on donations. They raised (and can still continue to raise for the next 9 months or so) almost US$8000!!!!! It's such an awesome cause and I'm so proud to be a part of it. While I didn't shave this year, I was there, cheering them on! I have a video on my phone... but it's not cooperating right now.

So I bring you pictures! I didn't take these but they were really well done and they are a very good indicator of what went on today!

This is Darren. His son, Ty, was a St. Baldrick's Ambassador child four years ago? Five? I have always seen Darren with this beard and very little other hair. He shaved off his beard this year and I swear, the man looks ten years younger. And Ty... yeah, he's nearly 6 feet tall these days! Getting around on that prosthetic leg like it was the one he was born with.

This is my sister, Mandie! The team was nominated for "7's Heroes" at a local television station so Mandie is holding a steady cam for the segment (I'll post a link tomorrow after it airs) so they could get another viewpoint. She figured she would be the one with the steadiest hands since she's done this before (this is her third year so she and I are now tied for years shaved although I technically have a year more than she does because I "volunteered" one year).

I love this picture because I love when they get to this stage. Having half hair and half none is the weirdest feeling EVER. A couple of years ago, the St. Baldrick's founder was participating at two events, a couple of weeks apart so he shaved HALF his hair at the first event and then waited to shave the other half at the second. I think it would be harder to walk around with only half a head of hair than having no hair at all.


With any luck, I'll be able to share my video soon!

If you'd like to donate (and it is seriously a good cause and the money goes for Childhood Cancer Research which benefits ALL CANCERS in the long run), you can head over to her page on the main website and donate there.

Or, you can check out the website for an event in your area! If you go, please be sure to hydrate well because it'll tug on your heartstrings, that's for sure. I didn't cry as much this year but maybe it's because I was worried about getting the right angle for the video. Hmmm... or I'm a crusty ol' badger who needs to stop being so crusty!
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OOoooooh. I lied. I was going to say no to sgareversebang but I said yes. Well, I picked my three choices of artwork. If they come back and say that I can't take those three, I'll know it wasn't meant to be.

Saturday is the St. Baldrick's shaving event and I'm so disappointed that I'm not doing it this year. The good news is that my sister is and so it's nearly as good. The other good news is that she still got me a team t-shirt so it's almost like I'm a full-fledged member of the Mad Hatters.

It looks like she hasn't raised much money but a lot of her friends at the hospital donated to the team (since the team is made up of nurses and techs) so the team is doing GREAT! They've had three different bake sales at the hospital that have done really well. She has funny stories about how the different departments keep fighting over who gets the remainders (everything that is leftover at the end of their allotted time to sell).

If you'd like to donate to St. Baldricks (the money goes toward childhood cancer research and they have a really good rating with the people who rate charitable organizations on how much of their money is used for what they're going to use it for), you can donate to my sister.

Since I'm not shaving my head, I'm going to need to get a haircut.
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I still haven't decided if I'm shaving my hair this year or not. Need to make a decision like NOW. I don't want to give up the opportunity to be on my sister's team and I'm going to need to step up my fundraising!

This is one of the professional banners the site has and it's one of the pictures of one of our local kids, Ty Ulmer. In fact, I was on Ty's mom's team two years ago and got to meet the family. My sister was his nurse when he was in for treatment (I think the kid is 3 years clean now! Hooray!) so she got to know the family really well. They are such a great group of people. Ty was a St. Baldrick's Ambassador child a couple of years ago, as well.

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Am, at present, coloring my hair. I'm going blonde so that I can go purple this coming weekend. It's almost time to shave off my hair! All of it! This year I really want to bic my scalp and get a henna tattoo but, at this point, I can't find someone who does it for a living (it SUCKS living in small town Idaho sometimes!) so I'm not sure if it will get done or not. In my head, it would be sooo cool! Don't know if the truth would be that cool.

Would you like to donate to a good cause??? HERE is my donation page at the official web site for St. Baldricks! If I get $50 in combined total from my friends here at LJ, I'll put my before AND after picture. Cause you know you want to see them! *grins*

My optical mouse is not working well. The roller thingy isn't working. It slips so that the page doesn't go up and down as I ask it to. I've been through THREE mice in the last six months! I even bought a reasonably expensive mouse this time! $20 is a lot to pay for something that lasted two months. Blah! Time to get a new one, I guess.

This is a wrist hurting day. My fingers aren't working so that's good. I'm doing constant exercises to combat what could very well be ARTHRITIS in two of my fingers on my right hand! Nooooooooo!!! I'm too young for arthritis. Not looking forward to making a doctor's visit for this, though. For now, I'm just doing exercises to make myself feel better. It might help, it might not. I don't know.

Must go back to writing! I have only a few days to get 8k written for that Blow Something Up Big Bang at [livejournal.com profile] stargateland and then there's the new 2k story for [livejournal.com profile] scifiland that I need to figure out something for. And then the story for [livejournal.com profile] satedan_grabass! Needing to get through this little blip of writer's block cramp before I start that.
lar_laughs: (purple hair)
Am, at present, coloring my hair. I'm going blonde so that I can go purple this coming weekend. It's almost time to shave off my hair! All of it! This year I really want to bic my scalp and get a henna tattoo but, at this point, I can't find someone who does it for a living (it SUCKS living in small town Idaho sometimes!) so I'm not sure if it will get done or not. In my head, it would be sooo cool! Don't know if the truth would be that cool.

Would you like to donate to a good cause??? HERE is my donation page at the official web site for St. Baldricks! If I get $50 in combined total from my friends here at LJ, I'll put my before AND after picture. Cause you know you want to see them! *grins*

My optical mouse is not working well. The roller thingy isn't working. It slips so that the page doesn't go up and down as I ask it to. I've been through THREE mice in the last six months! I even bought a reasonably expensive mouse this time! $20 is a lot to pay for something that lasted two months. Blah! Time to get a new one, I guess.

This is a wrist hurting day. My fingers aren't working so that's good. I'm doing constant exercises to combat what could very well be ARTHRITIS in two of my fingers on my right hand! Nooooooooo!!! I'm too young for arthritis. Not looking forward to making a doctor's visit for this, though. For now, I'm just doing exercises to make myself feel better. It might help, it might not. I don't know.

Must go back to writing! I have only a few days to get 8k written for that Blow Something Up Big Bang at [livejournal.com profile] stargateland and then there's the new 2k story for [livejournal.com profile] scifiland that I need to figure out something for. And then the story for [livejournal.com profile] satedan_grabass! Needing to get through this little blip of writer's block cramp before I start that.
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So, Year 3 of shaving my head is coming up quickly. Today, a friend was talking about getting hennaed when she was in Mexico and I had an EPIPHANY! I want to get my scalp hennaed after I shave it this year. That way my scalp is much more interesting to look at until the hair starts growing back.

Anyone ever done anything like this or seen it done (specifically on the scalp cause I've seen henna get done on hands or legs)? I'm looking for ideas... although I do know that I want one side of the pattern to come down to curl in front of my ear like a real curl! If you have any ideas, I'd love to see/hear about them!

Also, if you'd like to DONATE, you can do so at my page on the St. Baldrick's website. I need to put up a "before pic" but I really want to dye my hair before I do. Purple this year!
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So, Year 3 of shaving my head is coming up quickly. Today, a friend was talking about getting hennaed when she was in Mexico and I had an EPIPHANY! I want to get my scalp hennaed after I shave it this year. That way my scalp is much more interesting to look at until the hair starts growing back.

Anyone ever done anything like this or seen it done (specifically on the scalp cause I've seen henna get done on hands or legs)? I'm looking for ideas... although I do know that I want one side of the pattern to come down to curl in front of my ear like a real curl! If you have any ideas, I'd love to see/hear about them!

Also, if you'd like to DONATE, you can do so at my page on the St. Baldrick's website. I need to put up a "before pic" but I really want to dye my hair before I do. Purple this year!
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We are now in a countdown to next Saturday. This time next week I will be without hair on the top of my head. To date, I've raised about $350 which is well below what I wanted to raise but about where I was hoping to get this year. A week ago I dyed my hair blonde and today I'm going green. It's mostly for the "shock and awe" so that I can tell more people about St. Baldricks but also because I've always wanted to dye my hair a strange color.
And below is my proof that I've done just that... )

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