Sophia Juiliano is 12 years old and her friend had cancer. Her friend went into remission and then the cancer came back.
Sophia is the type of kid that will not stand by and let anyone who is suffering do so with out her doing something to help. She is the kid who is rescuing the lost kitty or taking her allowance to the Salvation Army kettle. So what would Sophia do for her friend who had cancer? This is not something a 12 year old can solve on her own. The answer seemed obvious to her.
Shave her head to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
She asked her mother if she thought this was something she could have permission to do and her mother told her, ‘My heart is going to burst out of my chest! Of course you can!‘
So the fundraising began.
Through word of mouth, posters in local businesses and a mass e-mail Sophia set out to raise money for St. Jude. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
Some other facts about St. Jude:
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
- St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.
- On average, 7,800 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis.
- No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
- St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.
- In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent, thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude.
I could go on and on about the phenomenal work of St. Jude. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone had the heart like Sophia and St. Jude?
Would you like to help Sophia reach her goal of raising $2000 for St. Jude?
Click THIS link
Click the State of Pennsylvania.
Type ‘Juiliano’ in the event name.
Click ‘Donate to Event’ tab.
But what happened to the hair that Sophia had cut off?
She didn’t toss it out. Her giving heart didn’t stop with St. Jude. She donated her hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love provides its recipients with a custom, vacuum-fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue. Most of the applicants suffer from an auto-immune condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns, or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem, in addition to many other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.
Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines:
- The donated hair must be at least 10 inches (preferably 12″) in length
- It must be bundled in a pony tail or braid
- Hair must be free of bleach. Colored hair and permed is acceptable.
- The hair must be clean and dry, placed in a plastic bag, and mailed in a padded envelope to:Locks of Love
234 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Monetary donations to Locks of Love are tax-deductible. Donated hair that is not suitable for use in children’s hairpieces may be sold at fair market value to offset the cost of manufacturing.
So what were you doing when you were 12? Were you thinking of other children with cancer and dreaming up ways to help them? Can you imagine the type of person this young lady is going to grow into if she is shaving her head for a donation to cancer research at 12?
Will you consider a donation to St. Jude to help Sophia reach and even surpass her goal?