Young Cancer Survivor Inspires Big Hits at St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser
“I’m here to help raise money for childhood cancer research, so families like us don’t have to go through the hardships we’ve been through. Hopefully one day we’ll have a cure for this. “said Dave Edsall.
He and his wife Coley stood with their two daughters as clippers took hair from the heads that soon looked like their eldest, Mary Harper. Doctors diagnosed him with a rare form of kidney cancer when he was three years old. Today, after eight months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she is a cancer survivor.
“I liked when it was shaved,” Harper said when asked about the low-cut haircut that’s helping her raise $1,000 for cancer research. She inspires her mother.
“And all the children who have fought so hard against cancer, and their families who have supported them through this journey,” said Coley Edsall.
“It’s awesome,” said event organizer Dixie Halberstadt. “As a parent of a childhood cancer survivor, it’s so good to take a very serious cause that can break your heart and turn it upside down. To make it a fun and happy thing, and give hope to all families affected by childhood cancer.”
Mary Harper is small in stature, but her examples make a big difference in annual fundraising. His participation could inspire others to lose their locks for a good cause.
“She’s a wild, free child. Mary Harper was always like that, and she always went against the grain, did her own thing, and lived her own truth,” Coley said. “And she’s a constant reminder to do what makes you happy!”
Visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/115/2022 to see how you can get involved.
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