KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - You can shave your head this weekend in honor of Leah Anderson, and kids like her. (Donated hair will make wigs for kids in need!)
Leah, holding a sparkler in the top photo, was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor in 2011. Months later, she looked different – that's her and her dad in the bottom left.
Leah died a year after being diagnosed. She was seven....
An abrupt thing to type… a way worse thing for her family to live.
Rather than harp on the negative, they're turning beautiful Leah's death in a way to help others.
Leah's aunt Ashley, who lives in Kannapolis, is hosting an event to benefit ALL pediatric cancers this Saturday, September 19th. It's the day after what would've been Leah's 9th birthday.
The event is FREE. 4pm-10pm. Just show up at NoDa Brewing Company. Raffles, fundraising fun… and… I love this… a whole bunch of people getting their heads shaved from professional barbers, to show support for kids who end up bald from cancer. Kids like Leah.
It's all through the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a national non-profit for childhood cancer research. More on the weekend event here >> https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/11366/2015
Aunt Ashley shaved her head last year. So did other women in their family (bottom right).
"At the end of our event last year I tried to take the microphone and express to the crowd how easy it was for all of us who knew Leah to come out or donate or shave," Ashley said. "But what really means a lot are the people who aren't personally affected or didn't know her came too. I tried to say all that. I got choked up. Maybe you could mention that part for me?"
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness (ACTION) Month. Do what you can to make a difference. Share this post. Donate your time, love or heart. Spread the word. Hug your own healthy children and know how lucky you are.
(Leah was first one of our #MollysKids in 2014. That post here >> http://tinyurl.com/pgvmujz)