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  • Going bald for others

  • Angie Colina McNeil volunteered to have her head shaved for a good cause. The photographer, Toph McNeil, caught the haircut in progress. McNeil is in Congregational Connections & Outreach at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Independence.

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  • Angie Colina McNeil volunteered to have her head shaved for a good cause. The photographer, Toph McNeil, caught the haircut in progress. McNeil is in Congregational Connections & Outreach at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Independence.
    Q1: What inspired you to have your head shaved? Who supported you?
    A: My aunt/god mother Julie Ireland McCann fought breast cancer for eight years and lost the battle in December 2006. Then in April of 2008, my uncle and Julie’s brother Steve Ireland died four weeks after being diagnosed with cancer of the digestive tract. During the summer of 2008, I decided to chop off my hair for the first time to donate it to Locks of Love. My aunt had lost her hair twice and I felt this was the one way I could do something for someone else.
    About two years ago, I started growing it again and then decided this time to do it as a fundraiser for cancer research in memory of my aunt and uncle by shaving my head. The support I received was from my family, friends and my church.
    Q2: What was the experience like? Were you nervous when it came down to it?
    I was not nervous about having my head shaved. I thought a lot about my identity and whether my physical attributes were really a true reflection of who I am. We live in a society that is so obsessed with physical beauty and for me, my identity is not rooted in the external appearance. I asked myself, who am I? My identity comes from God first and foremost and as a Christian, I am called to love God with all my heart, mind and soul and then to love my neighbor as I love myself. Christ lived his life in a very sacrificial way to the point that he died for all of our sins so that we could be made new. Shaving my head was a very small sacrifice to raise awareness in comparison to Jesus Christ. So, I was not nervous. I ate cake while my hair was being cut, but then had to stop when the shaving started. The experience was fun as I was surrounded by the kids from the Youth group at St. Paul and my friends and family.
    Q3: How much money did you raise?
    I raised $1,500. I probably could have raised more had I participated in the annual St. Baldrick’s event, but I wanted the money to go to the organizations that my aunt and uncle supported. Susan G. Komen & the Chrohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.I am still taking donations. If people want to help me reach my goal of $3,000, they can go to:
    https://www.fundraise.com/susan-g-komen-breast-cancer-foundation2/bald-for-the-cure
    Page 2 of 2 - Q4: Would you do it again?
    I would do it again, but I don’t think my husband would much appreciate it!

    – Sheila Davis

     
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