So if you're feeling the cancer love right back at me, I have a couple of suggestions.
First off, if you do want to shave your head in solidarity with me or anyone else, consider donating your hair to Locks of Love. As their Web site says, Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. (For those wondering, I did not donate mine because my hair has been bleached.)
If you want to honor the fight that I and millions of others wage against cancer, I also suggest supporting the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which specifically supports writers in the Pacific Northwest in financial distress because of medical needs. That's my charity of choice.
As always, the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and many other fine cancer-related charities can use your help as well.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge that klages got more for her hair at auction than I got mine despite my hair's obvious glory, and that she is one of the finest, funniest people I have ever known.
Thanks, Ellen. You rock.