The Sanders family at a St. Baldrick’s event in San Antonio on March 8.
Of course I was happy to, and as I introduced myself to some of the families I didn’t know, I really began to feel the purpose of why we had agreed to have Alan serve as one of the five 2014 Ambassadors for St. Baldrick’s.
Of course we wanted to share Alan’s story to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. Keeping Alan’s story out there allows us to keep him in our lives on a regular basis. But we also wanted to represent all the other children and their families.
Judy addresses the crowd as members of Alan’s Angels prepare to shave their heads.
Alan’s dad, Harold, holds a photo of Alan as he has his head shaved.
Personally, I see the mission of the Foundation as a trifecta – fundraising for research, advocacy for awareness, and shaving to show solidarity. As a non-shaving volunteer, I’ve always been more invested in the fundraising and advocacy. But that afternoon, speaking to that crowd, feeling their energy, feeling that palpable physical wave of support from everyone gathered there each time I invoked an Honored Kid’s name, I felt Solidarity with a capital “S.”
Angels, Survivors, and Fighters and their families, friends, and community, all coming together to Conquer Childhood Cancer. Uniting forces — it’s a powerful thing.
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Photos by S.L. Smith Photography.