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Compassion for Kids with Cancer
Our youngest son, Joshua Alan is a barber and leases a small shop in our town. As a barber he meets an eclectic group of men who come in for haircuts and over the 10 or so years he has been in business, Josh has a decent number of clientele and is able to support his growing family which now has two boys and soon, a baby girl due in December.
Recently, a customer came into the shop wearing a St Baldricks tee shirt. The shirt had on the front information about a shaving event that had been held to raise funds for St Baldricks, a Kids Cancer organization. St Baldricks became a non-profit charitable orgnization in 2005 and has derived the name of the organization from word play and has no associtaion with the Catholic Church. Began in 1999 by 3 Irish-American reinsurance executives, it has fast become the worlds first and and largest volunteer fund raiser for childhood cancer research.
Josh contacted the representative in our area and soon was well on his way planning the event which would involve shaving the head of a Hendersonville Police Lieutenant Todd Lettermanwhom he had met while training to participate in a Color Run event in Asheville. His friend Todd had agreed to have his head shaved on the final day of the fund raiser which would be held at Helms Barber Shop.He also solicited T J Ballard, a personal trainer and coach at one of our local county schools. T J's role would be to do push-ups within a one minute period for pledges to the charitable event.
Charitable events are nothing new to Josh and he has cut hair and shaved heads for several charitable fund raising events for people and customers. Donating his time and skills, he has shown he has a compassionate heart for those stricken with cancer. Josh has been s volunteer fireman for almost 20 years and he has used one of his old fireman boots which he places at a strategic place in his shop for customers to drop in their donations. With St Baldricks, he gave awy tee shirts and bracelets with the St Baldricks logo. In addition, candy bars were made available and as always he gives tootsie roll pops to all the kid customers even if they aren't getting haircuts.
Almost mid-way throught the month long compaign, Josh's barber shop was broken into and all the monies in the boot were stolen. The amount was almost $300. The police came and were ble to lift finger prints but still have not made an arrest. The local newspaper and one locsl television station cme to the shop and did an interview with Josh about St Baldricks and as luck would have it, sometimes good comes from bad things that happen, the hearts and pocketbooks of many were touched. and there was a gret response. Josh had set an agressive goal to raise $2500 for St Balricks and was able to ultimately able achieve that goal.
The final day of the event was held at the barber shop after normal business hours. A chair was set up outside and a mall crowd gther to watch as Todd had his head shaved and T J did his push ups. Our barbershop bluegrass band played music and a couple from Raleigh sang hyms. There was food, games for the children and the afternoon was one to remember.
Even after Josh's event folks have come by the shop and have made dontions to St Baldricks. If you see such an event in being held in your community, please go by and make a donation.Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded over 100 Fellow and Scholar awards, to develop the childhood cancer research experts of tomorrow. St Albert the Great School in Louisville, Kentucky was the first school in the world to ever host an event, but they have since inspired schools worldwide to host further events. Give kids with cancer a chance.
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An estimated $230 collected for children battling cancer filled a cowboy boot inside Helms Barbershop Wednesday night. When Josh Ballard, the shop's barber, returned Thursday morning, the money was gone.
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