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Why do I Shave?
In December 2007 I lost my father, John Beale, to cancer. I look back at that time as the most difficult in my life. My father was 67.
During one of his trips to Sloan Kettering, my father and I watched a mother and father bring their two children in for what I assume was a chemo treatment for one of them, the other had shaved in solidarity. My father turned to me and simply said, "that's not right Jim". Shortly after my father passed away, as my brothers and I looked for ways to keep his spirit alive, I met Dena Sherwood. I knew at that moment, that Dena and her foundation The Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, would be a way that I could keep my father's fighting spirit alive and help these kids and their families fight a fight they never signed up for.
My wife Annette and I are blessed with three healthy children of our own, Madison (16), Jonathan (13) and Jacquelyn (9). Jacquie, our youngest, never had the opportunity to meet her Pop. That weighs on me in ways that I cannot explain.
I shave today in honor of the children lost, the ones still fighting, their families and my father. We miss you Dad.
Billy is a Stage IV Neuroblastoma Survivor, who has defied the odds and is the inspiration for Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation. Although Billy suffered greatly for many years, through the foundation he has been able to help many children just like him and has given them and their families hope and access to less toxic treatment options.
Why do I shave?
2018 was my first time attending the Shave4aCure event and I was deeply moved by the event. My daughter is the most important thing in the world to me and no parent should ever have to lose their child to cancer. I shave to raise money for the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation in hopes that we can eradicate this disease!
Why I shave?
I am going to shave my head in honor of my cousin Billy, who is a cancer survivor, and all children who are battling, lost their fight, or have fought cancer and now are cancer free. I am participating in this event to raise both money and awareness for Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation. This foundation means a lot to me because it has helped and will help so many families who are or will go through the same battle my cousin has.