I can't think of a stronger statement of empathy for cancer patients than the shaving of one's head to assume a kinship with them. I am someone, however, who could never do this.

I have always been extraordinarily obsessed with my hair. It is naturally curly, so I hated it when I was young. Of course I did, you always want the opposite of what you have. When I was around four-years-old I remember waking up from a nap and my mom's best friend, Mildred, (who was babysitting us) desperately trying to brush the rats out of my hair. She exasperatedly pulled it all back behind a headband and said, "We"ll let your Mommy do this later, okay?"!

Now I would kill for that thick, curly hair of my youth! Which brings me back to losing one's hair to a horrid disease like cancer, especially when you're a child. Because it is not any easier having your hair abandon you when you're a kid, than it is when you're an adult.

If you have the courage of a lion, great fundraising skills and a desire to make a difference, this Thursday, March 13th, at the Pizza Ranch on 41st Street is where you want to be for the Sioux Falls St. Baldrick's Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Research  going on from 5 until 9 pm.

Even if you can't bear the thought of parting with your lustrous locks, you can volunteer, or donate, or simply cheer on the people who are going bald for a great reason. That reason- - the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

For more information click here. To donate click here.

"Screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail"-William Shakespeare