If a Kid Can Do It, Why Can’t You?

Ask Me Why I'm BaldIt’s not always easy being a little kid. Someone is always telling you what to do and when to do it; not to mention telling you candy is NOT for breakfast.

As a mother, that heavy is often me. I’m the one telling my 8-year-old to get out of bed now, because the bus will be here in half an hour, and no, they won’t wait for you. I’m the one switching out Milky Way Bars for Kind bars at 7 a.m., and I’m the one ordering her into the shower near bedtime.

It’s a mother’s job, but as a former kid, I can see how it would be a little disheartening for the smaller folks among us to not have much say in life.

Mortgages, car loans, and health insurance have tried to obliterate all memories of childhood, but enough remain that I can’t help it… I root for kids who refuse to take being small as an excuse to sit around and just listen up.

Kids like Evan Herbert, the soon-to-be 11-year-old throwing the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at the Jeffersonville Firehouse this Saturday (during the town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade). I’ve shaved my head for St. Baldrick’s many times over the years. The first was when my now 8-year-old had just turned 1.

Fighting children’s cancer is a passion of mine, and the foundation is one of the best in the non-profit world at getting funds raised into the right hands to actually save kids’ lives.

But year after year, I found fundraising was getting harder and harder. I was coming back to the same people, and those people just didn’t have money to give.

I decided to take a break from shaving for awhile; not to walk away from the organization but to figure out how to reinvigorate my resources.
Then I talked to Evan. This will be his fifth year shaving, his first as an organizer of an event (with some help from Mom). Last year, he set an ambitious goal of raising $1,000. He beat it.

At 9 going on 10.

This kid, four years in, managed to shake the trees and make it happen.

As mentioned; it’s hard for me – a grown-up – to do that. But for a kid? Well, what does being a kid have to do with anything? Clearly Evan showed age is just a number.

But he didn’t stop there. This year he’s organizing an event. He’s doing what exhausted me years ago, when I did the same thing. I know what he’s up against, and if I wore a hat it would be off to him. Since I don’t wear hats, I’ve decided to come out of retirement and shave my head again this year for St. Baldrick’s, to rally the troops and get money to a cause that will help our kids grow up strong and healthy.

I’m doing it for the kids, yes, but this year I’m doing it because of a kid too. A kid who didn’t let “being a kid” stop him from trying to make a difference.

If a kid can do it, you can do it! Stop by the Jeffersonville Firehouse on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and help! Or DONATE ON MY HEAD to kick cancer’s butt!


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  1. Good for you! What an inspiration both you and Evan are to us all! Thanks for doing what you do to help fight childhood cancer!

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