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Make Me Go Bald for Zimbabwean Orphans, South Bay Woman Says

"Now that I've survived breast cancer, I want to share hope, faith and resources with needy Harare kids in group homes on a mission with my church," says Barbara Wilcox.

Barbara Wilcox.
Barbara Wilcox.
Barbara Wilcox, a Stanford University graduate student and a recent breast cancer and chemotherapy survivor is renting out her bald space, so to speak, to raise $2,700 for a mission trip.

"Now that I've finished chemotherapy it's time for me to rejoin the world," Wilcox says.

Wilcox reports she is going in late August with a mission from her church, Menlo Park Presbyterian, to Harare, Zimbabwe with Hands of Hope, a  Bay Area nonprofit that partners with Zimbabweans to run 20 group homes and a feeding program for 2,000 kids.

I'm going too. My recent bout with breast cancer has given me a heart to work with others. When I lost my hair to chemo in January, I felt stigmatized and ashamed," she writes on her fundraising page. 

"Finally I felt I had to own my baldness. I'm doing that by wearing my baldness with pride to help children with far worse challenges.

"You can help by  putting my baldness out there for 15 minutes, an hour, a day. All donations are fully tax-deductible. The proceeds will fund my mission with Hands of Hope in Zimbabwe."

Some fundraising choices on her page:
  • $1,000 Your logo on my bald head. I will photosynthetically stencil the logo, name, block S or other initials of your choice onto my bald head. For best results, claim before I tan.
  • $250 Bald at the symphony. I'll matte out my head shine so it doesn't blind the musicians. 
  • $10 15 minutes of baldness. I'll go utterly bald in public to raise money for my cause, irrespective of weather, location, occasion or what people think. For you and all donors, I'll send email updates of what Hands of Hope and I have been able to accomplish this summer in Zimbabwe.
See Wilcox's fundraising page here.

At present, she has raised $395 toward her $2,700 goal.
Barbara Wilcox May 09, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Thank you, Susan! Nearly 25 percent of the way there.

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