Kaela, right, and Mara after shaving their heads.
In no time they had recruited nine shavees, including their dad, younger brother, and twin cousins. A classmate and her brother joined the team after hearing Kaela and Mara share in front of their school what they were going to do and why it is important. “I want everyone to know that shaving our heads isn’t a big thing, but having cancer is,” said Kaela.
Up until this experience, neither girl knew or understood what childhood cancer was, but “they just have a heart to give and help and saw a tangible way they could do just that,” Melissa said.
The team raised over $4,100 in just three weeks before they braved the shave at the Westfield Galleria event in Roseville, California, helping the event raise nearly $150,000.
Members of Team Brave getting their heads shaved at the Westfield Galleria event.
Although the girls have received lots of support for their brave act, the reception among their peers hasn’t been entirely positive. “When someone made fun of our oldest the other day, we were able to sit with her and talk about how it felt,” Melissa said. “It’s amazing to bring it back to the main point of shaving their head which is bringing awareness, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and developing a compassion for someone they don’t even know personally.”
Left: Team Brave after shaving their heads. Right: Misty, center, was inspired by Kaela and Mara to shave her head in support of kids with cancer.
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