SOURCE: Mary Kay
Today’s guest blogger, Cassandra Yates, sets a new standard for fundraising and empathy. She debuted as a Mary Kay Independent Sales Director on May 1 and shaved her head in honor of cancer patients 11 days later.
Since I was a little girl, I wanted to help others. I’ve been raising money for worthy causes for as long as I can remember.
My Independent Senior National Sales Director Lisa Madson has always been an amazing example of giving back to The Mary Kay FoundationSM. I wanted to follow in her foot steps. I just knew our Future Vavrina National area could make a difference helping The Mary Kay Ash FoundationSM!
So when the Team Up for Women® came along, I was really moved to do something bigger than I’d ever done before. We wanted to raise $7,000 for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. That was a huge goal for us. To give them some incentive, I told them I would shave my head.
All along, I knew I was going to shave my head even if we didn’t meet the goal. We gave it our best shot and raised $3,000.
So why did I shave my head anyway?
I knew I could help people. I donated 14 inches of my hair to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
And I wanted people to know two things.
Bald is beautiful.
Beauty starts from the inside.
We planned the big party for May 12, Mary Kay Ash’s birthday.
Double the Fun
That day, I wasn’t the only one who shaved my head. Please help me give a huge applause to Grace, the 12-year-old daughter of an Independent Beauty Consultant in our national area. She said I inspired her, and she wanted to shave her head to bring awareness to cancer so people wouldn’t have to suffer anymore.
Grace raised $150 on her own for the cause!
I’d like to give a shout out to our head shavers too! Karen Jensen and Brigitte Birong made the process a little more fun!
I never thought of it as a bravery issue. I just wanted people to know it’s OK to look this way. I actually felt very empowered as the hair came off.
No More Hair!
However, when I woke up the next day, I began to sob. As the rain fell outside, my tears rolled down my cheeks. I felt almost naked. I can see how people feel sad, alone and want to hide.
People do think I’m a cancer patient. I’ve even connected with other women going through cancer treatments since I shaved my head.
Yes, I wanted to make a statement for women to be proud of how they look — even if they have no hair. As women, we are creatures of beauty. Cancer patients are no different. I love using my Mary Kay business to pamper women and help them feel beautiful.
When you see a cancer patient, consider reaching out and smiling. Let them know you care. It could make all the difference in how they feel that day.
Would I do it all over again? Absolutely! I want to be the change in the world!
KEYWORDS: Health, Cancer, 2014, fundraiser, Team Up for Women, Cassandra Yates, Lisa Madson