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How Do You Shave Your Head Without Caring?

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Jay from is a husband, daddy, and fledgling writer. He started Halftime Lessons to talk about his journey across life's halfway point, and fights for balance between his loves...his family, work, blog, and raising money for St. Baldrick's children's cancer research. To learn more about this amazing cause visit where you can also enter the HUGE contest ending tomorrow, when Jay shaves his head!!

Most people can't shave it all off. I mean, it's your hair, for goodness sake. What if it doesn't come back the same? How 'bout if your head decides that hair color is just a pain in the butt, and grey is just...well...easier?

In March of '08 I faced these fears for the first time. I raised money for children's cancer research for St. Baldrick's, and got in line to shave my head in empathy to those kids who didn't get to make a similar choice, and my knees started to shake.

And then it happened.

My friend and event coordinator, Chandra, had us look up to the windows of the hospital oncology wing where the kids were waving down at us.

And I stopped caring about the hair, and started caring about the kids. And so tomorrow, I am going to shave my head again. I've raised some money, my bags are packed, and I could care less about my hair. So how do you shave your head without caring? Well, you can't.

I can't shake the feeling of excitement in me, and I don't want to. I hope I get the goosebumps all day again. I hope I can stop crying. I hope my mom is proud. I hope my cousin is watching.

And I hope, for them.

Jay @

Would you like to read more? Why don't you come see the HUGE contest Jay has going, and help if you can?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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