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12 Reasons Why We’re Shaving Our Heads Again

by Yael and Phyllis Sommer
February 25, 2015

Ambassador Sam’s mom and sister are braving the shave for the second time this Sunday. Read their reasons for shaving, then make a donation to support them. If it’s more than what you’ve given before, or if it’s your first time giving, your gift will be matched!

Yael and Phyllis Sommer

6 Reasons I’m Shaving My Head on March 1

by Yael Sommer

1. Because my brother had cancer. It was upsetting and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my mom or my dad or my brother. It was hard. I really miss Sammy.

Yael with pink hair
2. To help other kids with cancer. It helps the doctors get new medicines to make their cancer go away.

3. Because I get to do it with a lot of people I know and who I love. That is special because they are my really good friends.

4. I am also doing it with my mom. Last year we both shaved our heads but not together. This time we get to do it together.

Read about Yael’s first head-shaving experience >

5. I am also doing it because my mom said that if I do it, I can dye my hair pink before I shave it. She’s going to dye hers purple. I think we are going to look awesome. If Sammy was here I think he would be crazy amazed.

6. If Sammy was going to be there when we shaved our heads, he would be laughing the whole entire time. I really miss hearing him laugh.

Help Yael help other kids like her brother Sam. Donate on her page.


6 Reasons I’m Shaving My Head on March 1

by Phyllis Sommer

1. I have looked at this from all angles, and I really and truly believe that the only way we are going to make a difference (short of going to medical school and actually doing research myself) is to raise money for research that will help to put an end to childhood cancers. Research that will make the treatments better. Research that will help more kids to live. LIVE.

2. Sam is a St. Baldrick’s Ambassador, and I’m intensely proud that his sweet face is one of those that help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation do its great work. (And don’t forget that all new and increased donations to our pages will be matched!)

Phyllis, Yael and Sam
3. It’s been almost a year since the first time I shaved my head and I can honestly and truly say that hair grows back. I am evidence of that! My sweet and sassy Sammy will not. This is an important truth. My bald head helps me to share that lesson.

Read Phyllis’s reasons for shaving last year >

4. When I floated the idea of shaving again, Yael’s enthusiasm for joining me definitely was an inspiration. I love that she had no qualms about going bald for the second time. Last time I held my husband Michael’s hand while my head was shaved. This time, I will hold her hand. She’s much braver than I am.

5. I must admit, I’m a little excited about our cool hair colors. Sure, it’s silly and fun. But it’s just one more way to draw attention to the head-shaving and to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I’ve always wondered what I would look like in purple …

6. Yael’s last answer is one of the best ones, so I’m going to borrow it: Sammy would laugh. I, too, miss his laugh. I miss everything about him.

Help Phyllis help other kids like Sam. Donate on her page.


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