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[cancer] Bald heads and sick kids - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-08 04:37
Subject: [cancer] Bald heads and sick kids
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
Yesterday, I posted about the outbreak of shaven heads [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. I love you guys, but quite frankly, not everybody can or should shave their head.

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.

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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2010-03-08 12:43 (UTC)
Subject: Oh, the disillusionment!
my hair has been bleached

You mean you aren't a natural blonde?!

Edited at 2010-03-08 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake: jay-laughing
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-08 18:20 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Oh, the disillusionment!
Keyword:jay-laughing
That is my actual hair color, bleaching just punches it up some more. :p
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Julie, JulieInTheGreen, "Squire!": squire rogued
User: brickhousewench
Date: 2010-03-08 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:squire rogued
I've been lurking for a bit, following your progress. Thanks so much for blogging so honestly about your journey. But since you seem to have a reading audience that is ready and willing to cut off their hair in solidarity with you (such awesome friends!) I wanted to post and let your readers know that Locks of Love does not make all that many wigs with the hair that people donate.

I used to be a regular donor, but once a friend of mine tipped me off, I did a little research, and no longer send them my hair.

http://community.livejournal.com/longhair/2104048.html

http://community.livejournal.com/longhair/2017985.html

For more, see the Locks of Love tag longhair community.
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cathschaffstump: hercules
User: cathschaffstump
Date: 2010-03-08 16:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hercules
Although the reasons for all this hair shaving are sad, Jay, I have to tell you that I like your new, sexy look. If you have to find a silver lining...

I am married to a balding man, so I guess it's a natural reaction.

Catherine
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User: xjenavivex
Date: 2010-03-08 21:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you so much, Jay.
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the_blue_fenix
User: the_blue_fenix
Date: 2010-03-08 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tell people you're a Charles Stross imitator. (the bald-and-beard look, not the writing style.)

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User: quantuminsanity
Date: 2010-03-09 02:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's also an organisation called Matter of Trust http://www.matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html which makes hair mats that are used to soak up oil spills and save wildlife.
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