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Eden Judith Gass Before
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Eden Judith Gass

is shaving to cure childhood cancers!

Dec 31, 2020 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event: Finn McCool's Irish Pub - POSTPONED TBD

At: Finn McCool's Irish Pub

3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA US

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Participant 1070983

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Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help me fund the research that will save their lives!

Fundraising

$50Raised

$869 Goal

$869 Goal

Join Me

(888) 899-2253

Download Donation Form

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I am shaving to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Team Kathleen Elizabeth SPECIAL "Kathe" Gass!!!!!!!! RIP Mum <3

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Dec 31, 2020 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event: Finn McCool's Irish Pub - POSTPONED TBD

At: Finn McCool's Irish Pub

3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA US

I am shaving to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Team Kathleen Elizabeth SPECIAL "Kathe" Gass!!!!!!!! RIP Mum <3

I'M SHAVING MY HEAD (and I LOVE my hair!!!) with St. Baldrick's to raise money and help conquer kids' cancers, and here's why.......

In September of 2019, while sitting with my Mother as she received chemo in what would turn out to be the last weeks of her life, before colangiocarcinoma robbed the world of her bright and beautiful light and spirit, I noticed 3 women nearby, one receiving chemo, and ALL of them bald. Of course it turned out that the other women had shaved their heads as a gesture of solidarity and support for their loved one, and I thought to myself, "What a lovely thing to do for someone you care about as they go through the hell of battling this beast called cancer. You go girls.".

Far too soon after that, in late October, I found myself sitting beside my Mum the night before she would die, looking at her newly bald head which she had so bravely and gleefully shaved once she was just so damn sick and tired of her hair constantly falling out. Although she was wasted from disease and totally bald, she truly looked younger and more beautiful in that moment than me, her daughter 20 years her junior. And I remember thinking, "Gee, I should've/could've/would've shaved my head in solidarity with this warrior woman who gave me life, and so much more, but I guess it's too late now. Oh well".

Later, after she was gone forever, an epiphany hit me like a much needed and deserved slap in the face. It told me, "You're not wriggling out of honoring your brilliant and beloved Mum THAT easy, kiddo, for there's no statute of limitations on shaving your head in solidarity with her!!!!!!!". It was then that I realized, whether it's a year, a decade, or a century after our warriors lay down their swords, it is NEVER TOO LATE to offer this gesture of love and support to them, in honor of their lives and fights. There's NO time limit on this one folks, and our loved ones will ALWAYS deserve it.

After this eureka moment, I had vague and non-committal plans to shave my head at some point in the future, until my dear friend Kelly showed up one day. Kelly has been getting buzzed for St. Baldrick's for as long as I've known him. It's perhaps the thing I admire most about the kid. As we talked, I randomly brought up St. Baldrick's, not even thinking about my OWN head, until it struck me that HERE was the perfect opportunity to go bald in Mum's memory, because there would be the added bonus of helping my little childhood cancer battling warrior homies at the same time!!!

And thus was born:

"Team Kathleen Elizabeth SPECIAL "Kathe" Gass!!!!!!! RIP MUM <3"

A hair shaving, money raising, kids' cancers-ass kicking juggernaut!

(I'm looking for team members to get their shave on with me y'all, no tryouts necessary!)

As I built my St. Baldrick's fundraising page, I noticed they request that you include the photo and story of one of their young "Honorees", listed state by state. I chose to honor several, 45 to be exact...ALL my little Louisiana warrior cancer-butt kicking homies! As I looked at their pictures and read their stories, it became impossible to choose just one of these young champions of spirit to honor. I encourage you to read about their fights as I did; some are healed, some are still fighting, some are fallen soldiers, now angels, but ALL of them are HEROES. Read just a few (tear-jerker alert!), and I GUARANTEE you'll become as fired up as I am about kicking the living s*#! out of kids' cancers!!! I intend to make and wear a shirt with all their names on it on the big day, and of course a photo of my hero, my Mum. PLEASE NOTE: Donations of ANY amount will entitle you to have the names of the cancer battling warriors in YOUR lives and hearts included on my shirt, as well as a photo from the event so you can see your peeps being represented.

And now for some troubling facts: Childhood cancers are different from adult cancers, yet childhood cancer research is EXTREMELY underfunded. The National Cancer Institute devotes a measly 4% of it's research budget to cancers affecting kids. Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and 1 in 5 of those in the U.S. will not survive. I REFUSE to accept this reality, so I’ve decided to fundraise for lifesaving research to find cures and better treatments for kids.

Now I need your support! Your donation can fund research to help kids survive and thrive. Join me today and let’s #DFYchildhoodCancers together.

#F.U.CANCER

#kickingcancersbutt

#EATMYSHORTSCANCER

#talktothehandcancer

#NOPENOTTODAYCANCER

#astalabyebyecancer!!!!!!!

#SORRYIMNOTSORRYCANCER

P.S.: I will FOREVER regret that I did not shave my head while my Mum was still with us and could have seen my naked noggin, for it would have been a proper tribute and amends to the woman who put up with my abundant bulls*#! throughout the years; a proper thank you to the person who fought so fiercely for me, sacrificed so much for me, and never failed in supporting my far-fetched and improbable artistic dreams, now realities because of HER. You don't have to make the same mistake I did. When your peeps have to get their shave on, YOU get your shave on ASAP. I promise you'll NEVER regret it.

Love to all,

Eden Judith Gass

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  • Shavee
  • Team Captain

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