Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bald is Beautiful

   Recently, 9 year old Kamryn shaved her head at St. Baldricks in support of her friend Delaney, who is battling cancer.  In response, her school kicked her out until she either got a wig or her hair grew back.
   This is the response that a young girl who took a brave step in loosing her hair was given.  She should be applauded for shaving her hair to support her friend, not ostracized from her school.  This is the response of St. Baldricks:
"Kamryn, by your sacrifice and willingness to be bald like Delaney, you’re demonstrating that love is more powerful than fear and that life’s most valuable lessons are often learned outside the classroom."

Kathleen Ruddy, St. Baldrick's CEO, shares her support in an open letter to Kamryn Renfro and Delaney Clements.

After a massive social media campaign, Kamryn's school board voted 3 to 1 to allow her back into school.  This still means that there was an adult who thought she shouldn't be allowed back.  Let that sink in.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Organs

Millions of people around the world need organs, and the demand is only growing.  Organ donation, either post-mortem or from a living donor, is not growing enough to keep up with demand, and, indeed, has never been able to meet the demand.
Below is a 2009 documentary about the illegal organ trade between impoverished eastern Europe and it's richer neighbors in western Europe and the Middle East.
Think about becoming an organ donor.  Your death can be a gift of life for over a dozen people.