Ella and I Are Asking You to Pay Attention!

Hello friend! We at Brave the Shave, have thoroughly evaluated our situation and have decided to cancel our Main Event this year, due to corona virus concerns. We take your health as well as our honoree’s health seriously and it’s our responsibility to follow CDC recommendations. This event raises a significant amount of our funds for the year. The loss of our Main Event will definitely hurt our ability to support our families. We need your help to continue providing aid to children battling cancer and their families.

We would like to share a personal story with you about why this is so important. Our story is about Ella. Ella is a priceless, joyful, little seven-year-old girl who was given a devastating cancer diagnosis of melanoma. Over the two past years, she and her family have fought and suffered through her treatments. They have fought through pain, confusion, physical hardship, endless appointments, procedures, surgeries and even a car wreck. Through all this, Brave the Shave was with them, providing financial and emotional support, and even meeting them on the road to provide them with a vehicle so they could make it to a critical appointment. After years of physical and emotional turmoil, and an experimental treatment, Ella was declared cancer free. Everyone was elated. Our prayers had been answered, the fight was over. It was miraculous and we were overwhelmed with joy. However, last week, doctors found new malignant tumors and we could not be more devastated. This time it’s a completely new kind of cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her battle is going to be long and difficult, but Ella’s family is not giving up, nor are we giving up. We have many, too many, families facing similar situations. So, here is what we ask of you.

First, please let Ella and her family know that they are not alone. Ella loves puppies. The picture above is her with with Henry, her dog. Take a picture of you and your puppy, or you and your kitten or you with a picture of a puppy or a kitten and send it to Ella. You can send it to her at [email protected].  She would love to see all the support and enjoy a photo of your pet.

Next, if you are not signed up for our main event, please sign up. Sign up here and click the Register Here button. Sign up now! You don’t need to shave your head or even cut your hair. Put your name on a list that says you care about these kids!

Then, on September 19th, send an email, a snail mail, a carrier pigeon, message stick, Morse Code, yodel or sing to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The message should state, “on September 19th, I’m going to do one of the following things:
a) shave my head or
b) cut my hair or
d) get on Facebook and send Ella a nice photo or video message saying that you hope she is feeling better and perhaps a picture of your pet, or
e) all of the above.

Tell them why it matters and ask them to do the same thing.

We know that this is not the same as being together. We are deeply disappointed that our kids won’t get to share this time at the main event. This is a time of connection that our families and kids deeply enjoy. We can’t let them down. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so let’s show these kids our support! It would mean the world to us and these kids.

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