What are you doing on March 12, 2017?? How about joining me for the 6th Annual Team Sean Kelly St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event?? I can think of no better way to spend my Sunday afternoon. You will find the cool kids at Bar63 in Edgewater from 12:00 until 6:00.
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Since the first time I met Amy Kelly – I knew her light was strong – her laugh true and her heart bigger than most. She was old school cool and had a way of looking at life through the eyes of someone who had experienced some things. She was honest and passionate about politics and life and this diverse world we live in. And she had a mission to dedicate her energy and her heart to remembering and honoring her big brother Sean.
I have written many times (5 to be exact – the links are below) about this event and the influence Amy’s family and upbringing and relationship with Sean have had on her desire to work hard every year to raise money and awareness for St. Baldrick’s. It is her personal way of honoring Sean – by continuing the work that he started not so long ago. It is never easy to invite people into your heart and soul and ask them to stand with you for a cause that may not be their own. It takes the strength of pure vulnerability to raise your hand and ask for help. Amy has that ability – the ability to pull us all together – to fight the good fight and do what we can to kick childhood cancer in the ASS.
So what is different about this year? Everything. The world is suddenly a very different place. And in the shadows of political rhetoric and fundamentally challenged pundits of hate – we dare to rise up – again. We dare to ask our friends and our family to join us in this fight. We dare to continue good work in shitty times. We dare not to be defeated by all we should be defeated by. We pledge to light the candles in the dampest, dirtiest corners of the room so that we can all find our way to a place of hope. A place of light and possibility. A place where friends and family, neighbors and strangers gather under one sturdy roof and for one afternoon funnel all the positive vibes we can muster – together – and make a difference in this world.
We keep on keeping on. We ride the wave that Sean set in motion. We organize and put out the word and pull each other out of the funk we might find ourselves in – and we do what we know we can do. We work as one and we put good energy out into the world and through our actions we come together and make positive change for the children who need us most. We will find time to laugh – we may even drink a wee bit and I know we will listen to those glorious pipers as they march through the room. You can be sure we will raise our glasses to Sean and to ourselves as we all gather to raise awareness and money to find that cure for childhood cancer.
About K. Guzman
Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.