I Believe in Sacrifice…

Today marks the end of an over two year adventure where I grew my hair out to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. (It took that long only because I had to grow all of the bleach out of my hair first.) To be totally honest, I prefer my hair longer, but guess what, this isn’t about me. This is about taking action. All of the awareness campaigns in the world are worthless if no one DOES anything after they become aware. So for everyone who’s ever gone braless, wore pink, or even participated in the no-make up selfie… I’m issuing a new challenge. Take it to the next step! You don’t have to donate your hair, you can donate your time, your money, your talents.

I’m reminded of a story from the Bible…Image

Mark 12: 41-4441 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Wow… kinda puts my 8 inches of hair donation to shame. Every person isn’t called to sell their home, quit their job, and move to Africa. But I do believe that every person is called to make a difference, and not just the easy ones. I make a lot of selfish choices each and every day. I’m striving to change that, one step at a time.

So when I look at myself in the mirror in the morning, I won’t see a woman with long luscious locks. However, I will be reminded of all the women who are fighting for their life and loose all of their hair in the process, and I will see a woman who took action that required a sacrifice, and that’s something to be proud of.

Image

I dedicate this post to my Grandma, she fought a good fight. I miss you Grandma, don’t worry the weather here is just fine!

 

If you’d like more information on the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program visit: http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Pages/default.aspx

If you’d like to support a wonderful woman currently fighting visit: https://www.facebook.com/loveforshawna

If you’d like to volunteer with the American Cancer Society visit: http://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/index

If you’d like to donate to the American Cancer Society visit: https://donate.cancer.org/index?campaign=search&gclid=CN_qrZ_Ax70CFe1QOgodwG0AkQ