Apr 23, 2012, 1:15 PM, Posted by Eric Hodges
By Eric A. Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2009 – 2012)
In each of the last two years, I have grown a mustache for the month of February to support teachers and their students in low-income school districts across North Carolina through the organization, DonorsChoose. With funds raised from my generous donors, 16 projects to promote health and environmental education have been supported, touching the lives of 4,943 students.
This year, for a change of pace (and honoring my family’s humorous pleas for no more mustaches!), I volunteered to shave my head on April 21st with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I'm doing it to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures. I do this in honor of the children I've cared for in the past at St. Jude's and in honor of my other formerly-bald hero, my Mom... now many years cancer free.
I set a goal to raise $1,000, and donations from family, friends, colleagues and students began to come in steadily. What happened next was unexpected and thrilling.
On April 12th, with $10 to go to reach my goal, I sent a message to the students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing to ask who would be the one to give the last $10 so I would reach my goal. Within seven minutes, I met my goal! Within 10 minutes, I surpassed it. Before long, I had surpassed it by more than $250 dollars.