This is my friend Sally's 5-year-old daughter, Evie. They live in Paxton, a small town about 30 miles north of here. One great thing about living in a small midwestern town is that when there is crisis, people rally. If hardship falls on your family, the "townsfolk" come together to help things right.
Today in Paxton, there was a fundraiser to help one of their own, Janet King, who is struggling with cancer. Sally contacted me a few months ago, and asked if I'd donate some art or photography to the cause. I dropped my contribution off yesterday, after getting my world's worst haircut, and before whining all the way home about about my world's worst haircut, and before blogging about my world's worst haircut.
Evie, herself, made a monumental contribution to the Janet King fundraiser. According to their local paper,
One year ago, [Evie] then age 4, watched a Locks of Love story on The Today Show with her mom, Sally.... [A]s she watched, Evie said she wished that she could cut her hair and share it with Janet, a close family friend who had just lost her hair due to radiation treatment for cancer.Yes.
Evie auctioned off her hair. The deal was, up to 12 inches, at $100 an inch. She hoped to raise $1200 for her friend Janet, this afternoon.
I've just gotten e-mail from Sally: Evie's climbing total topped $2000 at the time of writing, and was still rising.
Hm. A certain woman from Champaign, with a certain Carol Brady haircut is more than a bit humbled, this evening.
To Evie, then: Great job, you did a wonderful thing.
You're my hero. And thanks for the reminder about what really matters in life. We could all learn a few things from you.