March is nearing a close, and our Vanity Insanity challenge is in its last week.
I’ve been writing a lot about my head shave in the context of challenging my own personal struggle with vanity, as well as the larger social norms about what makes a woman physically attractive. But, what I haven’t talked about for a while now is the other equally important reason I decided to shave my head. Here at Deconstruct The Yuck, we are trying to do some good in the world (we will also be doing a lot more of this during our Find the Kind challenge in May!) and one way we’ve come up with is to raise some funds for Wellspring Calgary.
Wellspring Calgary is a small, not-for-profit organization that provides complimentary wellness treatments/classes/programs to people diagnosed with cancer, free of charge. Their services are offered in addition to the more traditional medical treatments people undergo. Yoga, massage therapy, reiki, drumming, tai chi, nature walks, expressive arts and a community garden are some of the innovative programs offered at Wellspring. It is a gathering place to summon strength, support, hope, courage and comfort.
My dearest aunt died of breast cancer 3 years ago. Growing up, I remember her to be gregarious, fun, opinionated and strong. I want to honour her memory through this fundraising effort. I also want to extend my humble admiration and encouragement for the many people who are facing cancer today. Through shaving my head, people have shared their own cancer journeys with me, and stories of loved ones affected by this disease. I have been lucky to be included in such important conversations, and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t shave this noggin!
Last week a work colleague of mine suggested I watch this online video. It’s called ‘Anything for Love.’ It profiles a group of women who shave their heads in support of a loved one with cancer. It’s really great (sometimes we need to see this stuff to renew our faith in humanity). You should check it out, but fair warning: you won’t be able to get through it without at least tearing up!
Lastly, we have reached our $500 fundraising goal, but there is still time left to increase this amount! Donating is easy when you click on our fundraising page:
We couldn’t be happier to support Wellspring Calgary!