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A woman lost her mother to cancer, and as she will become a bride in two months, she decided to honor her mom by shaving off her hair ahead of her special day to raise money for children’s cancer research.
The 41-year-old woman’s little good deed is also a fitting tribute not just to her mom, but to her would-be husband as well and the circumstances under which they met. Corrine Sullivan met her now-fiance Tim Lydon while her mother, Colleen Charneski, was in the hospital fighting for her life with stage four liver cancer.
Charneski died on January 6, 2016. Since then, Sullivan has been looking for something special to do to honor her mother’s memory. She was at a loss as to exactly what activity to do in order to fulfill her mission. She thought about running a race since she’s a runner but it didn’t seem quite right at that time.
It must have felt like heaven-sent then when Sullivan learned about St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which hosts head-shaving events for the benefit of pediatric cancer research, from a friend. She knew right away after hearing the idea that it was meant to be. She gushed: “That’s what I’ve been looking for!”
Nothing could be more right since Sullivan’s mother also dedicated her life to the cause of pediatric cancer patients. Charneski went back to school to specifically become a children’s oncologist nurse at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Sullivan found so much inspiration from her mother’s desire to work with children who have cancer. The daughter said her mom may have struggled balancing being a mom and working full time but that she persevered to be good at both.
Her fiance was supportive of her hair-shaving plans. Sullivan even opted to turn the hair-shaving event held on March 9 at Fado Irish Pub in Chicago into her bridal shower as well. She invited 20 of her closest friends to drink, eat gluten-free cupcakes and for them to watch her shave her hair off. She also asked them to forego giving her gifts and requested them to donate instead to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She has so far reached more than $1,350.
The foundation said that money raised by their volunteers funds the best childhood cancer research throughout the United States and beyond “for children to love the long and healthy lives they deserve.”
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