Sisters shave heads to benefit Children's Hospital
South High School senior, Molly McCabe, a member of Troy Christenson's student government class, came up with a way to raise some significant money for the Children's Hospital at Providence.
The fundraiser is called Chains of Caring, and many schools throughout the Anchorage School District participate. Students buy a paper chain link and then connect them throughout the weekly process.
"I think it's been going on for about three or four years," student government teacher Troy Christenson said. "When it's done, each school brings a link of their chain to the children's ward at Providence and meet the kids. They also meet the spokesman and the director of the program."
Molly came up with the idea of shaving her head. She asked her younger sister Lauren, also in student government, if she would do it with her.
"She came up to me in the hallway," Lauren said. "She asked if I would shave my head and I said, 'sure.' I didn't understand why at first but as I started thinking about it I thought this is pretty cool."
The girls decided if the school could raise $5000, they would shave their heads-- a task they felt would be hard to achieve while raising a decent amount of money in the process. The announcement was made on a Monday; the numbers quickly started to rise, and by the end of the week, the girls knew their lovely locks would be no more.
"The money just started pouring in," Christenson said. "Bags with tens and twenties, one student even handed over a $100 bill."
"We did not think we would make it," Molly said. "Come Friday, our GoFundMe account was at $4000 and then it hit $5000. I tried to end the GoFundMe account but it didn't turn off. It kept going to $6000 then $7000 and now it's over $9000."
All of that was raised in the span of eight to nine days. If you'd like to donate to the cause, the GoFundMe page will be open for a few more days.
"We raised about $1000 during our daily miracle minute," Molly said. "We went on the announcements and the kids started handing money to their teachers. We also put it on social media and hyped it up-- everyone was into the whole idea."
The girls wanted to give back to and help anyone fighting cancer because they know what it's like to lose your hair. They also know what is like to battle the disease and lose someone they love.
"Our mom passed away from cancer," Molly said. "Our little 10-year-old brother is now fighting cancer. So, we know what the families have been through which is why hair doesn't matter."
"Both our mom and brother had their heads shaved," Lauren said. "They both kind of struggled with the being bald. So we thought, maybe if we could give back to some of the kids who had to do that."
The girls' mother, Margo McCabe, passed away on February 7, 2014. Margo was a part of the Alaska Children’s Trust and The Alaska Zoo.
"She passed away right before I started high school," Molly said. "Just to have our little sibling see us is so cool. I'm so proud of you Lauren."
The girls know their mother would be proud. The school and the children's hospital are also beaming from the bravery and generosity displayed the girls and the student body.
The girls donated their hair to the Pantene program. For more information, click here.
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