BENEFITING: Children With Hair Loss
In the summer of 2012 I started working on a documentary for an organization called “Children with Hair Loss.” I had donated my hair several times to them and when Grosse Ile Cable approached me and asked for documentary ideas, I jumped at the chance to tell the amazing story of this organization.
The trouble I’ve been having is that I want to tell the story as passionately as I can without exploiting the very children they are trying to help. I didn’t feel right putting a camera in their faces and asking an obtuse question like, “What’s it like to be bald?” I hit a wall and my documentary was going nowhere fast. I really felt like I was letting everyone down. How do I tell this story and maintain my integrity without losing the passion I feel for this organization?
After much soul searching it came to me. What do we do when we are trying to understand someone? We try to walk in their shoes. I decided I was going to shave my head and draw upon my own experiences so I could passionately tell the story without having to go to the children who are suffering from hair loss.
After I made my decision I thought, “Why not take this one step further?” Many people raise money and when they reach a goal they shave their head. Well, anyone who knows me knows I like to do things my own way. So I decided to shave my head and keep it shaved until I reach my goal. This kind of uncertainty will help me really live this experience. These children aren’t voluntarily bald but they also are bald indefinitely. My hair grows pretty fast (luck for me) so I thought the best way to get the most out of this experience is to shave my head and have no idea when the hair will come back.
I am going to go out in the world completely bald and report my experiences on YouTube. I hope to raise enough money to by one of the beautiful wigs made possible by “Children With Hair Loss.” It might seem like a lot of work but to one child that work is priceless.
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