Melissa’s Letter: ‘What I Am Doing and Why I Am Doing It’

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2014

Be a shavee and raise money for childhood cancer research.

Ten-year-old Melissa M. is shaving her head on May 2.

Her mom, Megan, is also a shavee. “I had already decided I was going to participate,” Megan said, “and she popped up out of the blue and told me she was going to participate, too.”


Melissa is shaving her head with her mom at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event this May.

Knowing that Melissa might miss her long hair, her mom asked her to think it over before signing up for the head-shaving event.

Melissa did think about it. Then she wrote her mom a letter:

I plan on shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s. I will also raise money. If people think I look weird, I won’t care because I know I did it for a good cause.

What I will be doing is I will raise for a while. I will set goals and then shave it off. And I am doing this because I sort of knew someone with cancer and she was a survivor.

I lost one of my daycare ladies to cancer, and a girl at our church died to cancer. I am doing this for the people who have it who have survived it or lost their fight.

I am not doing it to be popular around school. I don’t want to be that super popular kid just because I shaved my head.

I know it will be a while before I grow some hair back, but I am not going to change my mind. I will shave my head, and I will be proud to have no hair. People can make fun of me all they want, but I know what I did and why I did it!


Ten-year-old Melissa wrote a letter to her mom about why she wanted to shave with St. Baldrick’s. “If people think I look weird, I won’t care because I know I did it for a good cause,” Melissa wrote.

Last year, Melissa’s brother Jeep shaved his head at a St. Baldrick’s event and raised $3,335. Melissa is hoping to outdo her brother’s fundraising total. She is gaining ground with $1,770 raised so far.

Donate to Melissa’s shave on her participant page.

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