I am a Father and there is nothing that makes me prouder than seeing my daughter grow into a powerful and independent young woman. At 14 years old, she is so very much in tune with what it is to be someone who stands up for what she believes in and is not afraid to do things that most others would not be able to do.
When my daughter first came home with the idea that she would like to participate in the Make A Wish Foundation’s Go Blue Go Bald Campaign I was not only supportive of the idea I reminded her that while going Blue is one thing…going bald would be a bold statement and would show the world the power that one small act can have to make a change for someone else.
The CCH Crusaders raised $690 in just a couple of weeks by leveraging Instagram and Facebook and spreading the word around their school but then it came time for the get together tonight at the Westmount Mall here in London with 102.3 Bob FM and the volunteers from South Western Ontario Make A Wish Foundation.
What amazed me about my strong and beautiful daughter was that while we were there to get the blue highlights trimmed from her hair, she made a bold decision to shave her head so that the message of helping kids would extend beyond the campaign.
For those who don’t know about Make A Wish Foundation:
- Make-A-Wish® was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The inspiration for the beginnings of Make-A-Wish was a wish granted to Christopher Greicius by members of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Christopher, who had leukemia, wished to become a police officer.
- In 1983, Make-A-Wish granted the first wish in Canada to 13-year-old Debbie, who was battling leukemia. Debbie wished to go to Germany with her family to visit her grandparents.
- Make-A-Wish® Southwestern Ontario was established in 1986. Our first wish was granted to Ziyad, a nine-year-old boy whose health was deteriorating to a point where he could no longer speak or write. His wish was for a computer, which he eventually used to communicate.
- In 2004 we established our chapter’s Satellite office in Windsor, Ontario.
My little girl is not so little anymore…but even more important…she growing up to be a great person and that more than anything, make me one proud dad.
For the families that are dealt with a hand that you neither asked for, nor deserve…I may not be able to understand what you are going through but I do know this…my daughter every day reminds me that one small act can be like a ripple getting bigger and bigger.
Our love for you all, and all that you do for your children…is just like that. Hopefully this small act will be like a drop of water in the ocean that grows to be a tsunami that provides every child who makes a wish, can see it come true.