We get to do some pretty amazing things at Plenty Magazine, and this week I witnessed something truly unforgettable. Through Childhood Cancer Canada, a group of Canadian moms came together to shave their heads in support of their children and to raise money for life-saving childhood cancer treatment.
More children die of cancer than any other disease, and next year it is estimated that 1500 more children will be diagnosed. However, only 4% of cancer research funding is directed at children. One mom explained (from Victoria via video – her child’s treatment schedule precluded her from attending the shave) that her child is being treated the same way that she was treated when she was diagnosed as a child with the same cancer 30 years ago. Which is why a key aspect of these moms’ advocacy is to get more cancer funding focused on children.
To bring our attention to the heartbreaking cause of childhood cancer, several moms (and one kid!) convened for the inaugural mom shave!
Jerusalem Kahsay, mother of Sara Hagi
Kathleen Arbour, mother of Adrienne
Melissa McCoy, mother of Ivy
I don’t really what to say about watching these women during their shaves. It was so moving, upsetting, and inspiring all at the same time. Each woman cried a bit during her shave (and those of us watching them cried more). When I asked Melissa at lunch if she was nervous, she smiled and said, simply, “no”, but that did not mean the shaves were easy. It was a privilege to bear witness to yet another act of courage from these moms, while knowing that there is no real way to acknowledge their daily and hourly acts of courage with their children who struggle with cancer.
100% of proceeds raised from the Mom Squad Shave go directly towards funding national research, and I can attest that donating could not be easier. Just text MomSquad to 45678 to donate $10 or go to support.childhoodcancer.ca/momsquad. Please support these amazing moms and their kids!