Ambassador Sam’s Sister Shaves Her Head for Children With Cancer [VIDEO]

by Yael Sommer
May 28, 2015

On April 1, 2014, a group of rabbis shaved their heads in honor of Sam, who died from childhood cancer at the age of 8. Since then, 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave have become one of the top fundraising events in St. Baldrick’s history, raising more than $1 million for children’s cancer research. Sam’s sister, Yael, decided to brave the shave herself — twice! She tells her story.

Yael with a photo of her brother Sammy

Yael is raising money to help find cures for kids like Sam. Help Yael reach her $7,200 goal >

My name is Yael Sommer. I am 7 years old. I am a fashionista.

On December 14, 2013, my brother died. His name was Samuel. His favorite movie was “How to Train Your Dragon,” and his favorite animal group was reptiles. I miss him.

My parents shaved their heads because of Sammy. They did it with a lot of their friends, and they did it for kids who have cancer. They raised a lot of money for kids with cancer.

My school was doing a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, and some of Sammy’s friends and adults at school decided to shave their heads. My friend Talah and I decided it would be fun to shave our heads, too. We raised a lot of money for the doctors to get medicine for kids with cancer so that they don’t die.

Yael and Talah before shaving heads for cancer

Yael and Talah before they shaved their heads.

We shaved our heads. My principal and some teachers shaved their heads. My babysitter Ellie shaved also.

I was a little nervous before they shaved my head. First they cut my hair. Then they shaved it. It tickled and it hurt a little when they shaved my head.

Yael during her St. Baldrick's shave
Right after they shaved my head, I looked in a mirror and I was surprised! I looked cool.

Yael looking in the mirror
I was so brave that my brothers ended up shaving their heads, too!

Sommer family

Yael, her parents, and her brothers all shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s.

I think Sammy would have been happy that I was doing it for him. I shaved my head because he did it and he knew what it felt like, although I did it differently.
Yael and Talah after shaving their heads for kids with cancer

Yael is raising money to help other kids like her brother Sam. Donate on her page.

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