She called it her “Bridal Shave”.
Instead of a traditional bridal shower, this Chicago woman hosted a party where she shaved her head to honor her mom, who died of liver cancer just two years ago.
Corinne Sullivan of Chicago buzzed off all of her blonde hair during a pub event hosted by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation earlier this month.
She says, “Shaving your head, it’s more than just raising money.” For me, it’s like showing solidarity, it’s very dramatic. It’s a very bold and eye-catching way to bring in the conversation all the time. Everywhere I go, people can’t deny it.”
Pretty great conversation starter, right?
Sullivan said she has been looking for a way to honor her mom ever since, but nothing seemed quite right until a friend walked into the bar she worked at with a shaved head last year.
After learning that he did it to benefit St. Baldrick’s, Sullivan agreed to do it as well.
She says, “My mom had been a pediatric oncology nurse so that had been something that was really important to her. People that do go through cancer, whether they’re children or adults, one of the things you struggle with is losing your hair. You don’t realize, as women, how much we identify our hair with our looks and how important our looks are to our identity.”
Sullivan decided to organize her shave to coincide with her bridal shower as a way to get her mom involved with some of the festivities.
In lieu of gifts, Sullivan had all her friends donate to St. Baldrick’s and after raising more than $1,350 online, she collected even more at the event itself.
Sullivan and Lyndon will marry on May 12, and declared it would be a giftless wedding. However, they are continuing to encourage their friends and family to support St. Baldrick’s.
To donate to their campaign, visit their St. Baldrick’s website.
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