Wyatt after shaving his head at a St. Baldrick’s event.
He was motivated by the contest’s $1,000 prize, but he didn’t want to buy a new toy, video game system, or whatever else a boy of his age might want. He wanted to give it to his neighbors to help with the cost of their then-2-year-old daughter’s childhood cancer treatment.
And he did.
He set an initial fundraising goal of $2,500, and a personal goal to get donations from all 50 U.S. states.
“I was worried that his goal was a bit lofty, but he’s always been a ‘go big or go home’ type of kid,” Noelle said.
Even Wyatt had some doubts at first. “I didn’t think that we were going to be able to do it, but I thought it was a good idea to give me a challenge,” he said.
Wyatt before shaving his head.
“We shared his campaign on Facebook, and that is when it really started to spread,” Noelle said.
When people heard about his 50 state goal, they shared his page with people they knew in other states. Then those people shared it with their friends.
“The donations came in from across the country,” Noelle said. “Many of the donations were from people we didn’t know, and will likely never know.”
For the last several states, Wyatt took a more personal approach, writing to government officials, nonprofit organizations, and — his personal favorite — soccer clubs.
Before he knew it, Wyatt had donations from all the states, and even some from outside the country. He blew past his monetary goal and set a new one of $5,555.
As a final fundraising push, Wyatt decided he would dye his hair the week before his shave and let his donors vote on the hair color.
Wyatt dyed his hair pink before shaving it.
“He was constantly asked about his hair color, so it gave him more opportunities to spread the word about his campaign and just awareness overall,” Noelle said.
By the first swipe of the razor, Wyatt had raised over $8,000 for childhood cancer research.
“That was well beyond his goal, so you can just imagine how pumped he was,” Noelle said.
By the day of his shave, Wyatt had raised over $8,000.
So if you’re thinking of stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something you never thought you could — like winning a contest, shaving your head, or raising lots of money for childhood cancer research — Wyatt has three words of advice: “Go for it.”
Wyatt is still raising money for childhood cancer research. Donate on his page.
Think you’re ready to brave the shave? Sign up to be a shavee, or see how else you can get involved in the fight against kids’ cancer.
Get more fundraising ideas on the St. Baldrick’s blog:
- Fourth-Grade Student Rallies School to Help Kids with Cancer
- Summer Fundraising Ideas: 6 Ways You Can Help Kids with Cancer
- How to Donate Your Birthday for Kids with Cancer: 10 Tried-and-True Tips
- St. Baldrick’s Participants: Add an Honored Kid to Your Fundraising Page