My sister-in-law Alicia and my friend Katie are two of the most beautiful, bravest women I know.
Katie’s three-year-old daughter is fighting a cancerous brain tumor. Thankfully, little Jewel doing remarkably well, all things considered (but please keep her in your prayers) — but for every positive story, there are parents whose hearts are breaking for their children fighting a losing battle with cancer.
So Alicia and Katie decided to shave their heads and raise money to support the fight against childhood cancers through St. Baldrick’s. They doubled their fundraising goal, but they would love more donations! If you’re willing, you can donate here.
The day out at DeVere’s Pub in Davis, CA was so lovely for me after sitting in the house for so long recovering from surgery! It also gave me a chance to play with our new Nikon D700 and Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens. I’ve spent years struggling with photography — goodness, this lens has seriously upped my game in a very short period of time! Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Here are Alicia and Katie, along with Jewel, before the head shaving. Katie put her hair in smaller pony tails so they could be cut off individually and more hair would go to Locks of Love. Because shaving her head wasn’t enough! Double the love!
And one of just Katie and Jewel, with an elusive real-smile-from-a-three-year-old!
And one with her son as well — goodness, that hair! Those eyes! He’s such a cutie.
While we were waiting, Alicia and my brother hammed it up for the camera doing their awkward “yearbook poses.”
And my brother snapped this great photo of Ryan and me.
Alicia had actually shaved her head in college for St. Baldrick’s but that didn’t mean she wasn’t nervous this time around! She actually said my post on self-image helped assuage her fears about how she’d be perceived by others.
Then the time came for the girls to have their heads shaved! I love the emotions written across their faces as their hair fell to the ground.
And then you realize how little hair matters, and how beautiful these women are even without their locks — both inside and out!
Again, if you’d like to donate, please go their St. Baldrick’s page! I know they would appreciate even more support for the courageous decision to shave their heads.
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