top50stl charity or nonprofit of the week: Project B.A.L.D. (aka St. Jude’s)
A friend of mine is battling breast cancer or as some of her friends like to say, kicking cancer’s ass! I haven’t seen her for a few years but I’m reconnecting with her through a blog series she has been writing not only to share her struggle with her friends and family, but also as a cathartic process to help cope. She is an extremely talented writer, funny, improper and real. She writes about how she has been showered with love by those around her, which I see as a testament to the friendship she provides others. I wanted to highlight her story this week because it’s good, and positive things are happening in spite of her struggle.
Here is an excerpt from her blog: “I’m still a happy person. I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people. Last Friday at lunch, in front of all the students, there were nine teachers who shaved their heads/cut their hair short to show support for me. During the month before that, the school raised money for a charity of my choice (St. Jude’s), and we brought in about $5,500. This was all through Project B.A.L.D.—Be A Little Daring—led by two colleagues/friends: Theresa lost her husband to cancer a few years ago. When I reached out to find someone to take over a before-school ACT prep course I was teaching, she volunteered to do it. She. Is. Awesome. Gina, founder of Project B.A.L.D., is a former French teacher of mine. When I was her student 20 years ago (I am an alumnus of the school where I teach), she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She has had two recurrences since then, but she is healthy now, and she has been an invaluable resource in terms of providing me with knowledge, hope, and reassurance. US News and World Report ranked my high school as #1 in MO for its academic accomplishments; however, if there were rankings for the character and integrity of a school’s faculty and students, we’d be at the top of that list as well.”
It seems everyone is connected to a friend or family member battling cancer. That sucks. Hopefully, researchers will soon find a cure for this sucky disease. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a great organization to support who is fighting the good fight against this disease, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s……aka Project B.A.L.D.
You can read Jenny’s hilarious blog at Check Those Titties and please don’t hesitate to let her know if it makes you think, makes you laugh or inspires you. I’d like to see her turn it into a book!