Saturday, March 6, 2010

St. Baldrick's Day--Part 4: The Surprise Ending

We had a huge turnout for St. Baldrick's Day today. The day didn't end exactly how I had envisioned it though. Read on for details.

First, a few pics and details about the day:

Declan, from his early shaving experience on TV8. He has raised $575 so far!

Eamonn in the shamrock shades. He raised $110.

So while some people donated to either Declan or Finn, the two of them together raised an additional $950 for Team Mighty Finn! The whole Team Mighty Finn, comprised of Eamonn, Declan, my nephew Garvin, a bunch of Declan's friends, and other community members raised over $6,000! We're still waiting on the totals for today, but when I left at 4pm, preliminary totals were over $50,000! Amazing for our little town.

On to more pics of the day. . .and the surprise ending. . .

My nephew, Garvin.

Declan's buddy, Jack.

Declan's buddy, Spencer.

And then Spencer's adorable little sister, Tenley, jumped into the shaving fray!

Finn and his friend, Teak.

Declan's friend, Zane. Zane is also Teak's big brother.

Declan's friends, twins Warren and Wylder.

This isn't even a picture of the whole Kid Shaving Gang! Some got away before we took the picture, and some came later. Kids shaving for kids. So cool. You're amazing, kids!

This is Patrick. He and Eamonn have coached soccer together for several years.

This is Patrick's son, Colin.

Shaving, shaving, shaving. Everyone is shaving.

And then. . .

A Surprising Thing happened.

I'll let the pictures do the talking:

Finn and Cindy, our amazing event coordinator, comparing hair.

After. . .

Finn, Patrick and Colin

Truth be told, I didn't want him to do it. In fact, I asked him repeatedly to wait until next year. Eamonn and Declan had already left for an Avs game in Denver, so they weren't even there to see it--we texted them pictures and hoped they didn't drive off the road in shock. But he was determined. And he loved every minute of it. He has basically been sitting on the couch rubbing the stubble on his head the entire night. Hilarious.

If you haven't donated and were thinking about doing so, maybe hop on over to Finn's St. Baldrick's page and donate there. I told him I'd kick in a bit in honor of his effort today!

And finally, for good measure, I took this:

Finn's scar from the playground scalping last fall. This is his favorite picture from today.

Thank you to everyone who donated! I'm going on vacation with all the money we'll shave on shampoo this year!


Kathleen said...

Oh my goodness. What a brave little boy and what a brave mommy to let him do it.

Love you,
Aunt Kathy

Leeann said...

Go FINN!!!

I think it is great that he wanted to do it. I really do. Although, it was a shock to see him without his hair again b/c it reminded me of when he was ill and I'm sure you felt that a million times over.

But this time it was in by choice and IN VICTORY so GO FINN!!!

Next year, I wanna see YOU in there too, Natalie!

Kristie said...

Maybe I'm being silly, but was it difficult to see him bald again? I'm afraid it would have brought up those feelings from the first (NON-voluntary time) But like Leeann said, this time it was by choice, and he should be SO proud of himself!!!

Lisa said...

I my gosh!!!! I am writing this with tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over my arms...Your community has wrapped their arms around the Rooney family...the love and care that they showed by shaving their heads is AMAZING!

I know it must have been difficult to see Finn bald again, Nat, but I think it is reflection of his character! He is a courageous boy who is anxious to show that he now has control over his own body. Wow! You should be soooo proud.

PS Cool scar, Finn! :)

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Finn!!! (typed through tears......)

Mary Z

1dreamr said...

Wow, I'm speechless - $6,000 is AWESOME! Congrats! Very cool that so many of the boys' friends participated. Love that!

And -- GO FINN! Woohoooo! (I have to tell you, though, I was scrolling down, fully expecting to see you being shaved, Natalie!!)

(P.S. That scar...yeesh...)

Cynthia said...

Wow, way to go Finn! We must have left right before you did it. I have the whole group picture of bald friends but Finn, you still had your long curly hair! I was shocked to see you did it but I think it is awesome and shows such bravery and courage...something you should be very proud of! I showed Warren and Wylder the pictures and they think you Rock! (They also are very curious about your scar...maybe you can tell them your war story???) See you soon, Cynthia

Jane Copes (Professor Sepoc) said...

Wow. Just plain wow.