Happy Wednesday! This week is quickly passing by thanks to Monday’s holiday.
When Marissa of Barefoot Colorado contacted me and told me about how she’s a campus rep for a cute headband organization that raises money for childhood cancer, I couldn’t wait to hear more!
Headbands of Hope was started by Jessica Ekstrom while she was in college. She had interned for the Make a Wish Foundation and was so moved, that she decided to find a way to make a difference, and headbands seemed like the perfect way!
“One day, I was pulling my hair back in a ponytail and thought about the hundreds of girls I encountered that lose their hair to cancer. I saw how much losing their hair had an impact on their self-esteem and confidence level. I thought about the thousands of girls around the world losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity. Therefore I started Headbands of Hope! For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research…”
I don’t know about you, but this really got me thinking how much I take for granted on a day-to-day basis. My hair really is so important to me, and just like any other girl will go to great lengths to insure its pristine condition. My hair makes me feel pretty. It makes me feel like me. I throw it up in buns, braids, pony-tails, and slap on a headband all the time without even thinking twice. And on days when I’m having a “bad hair day,” it’s just about the worst thing in the world. But the thought of losing my hair? That just about puts me into a tail-spin. I couldn’t even imagine that process. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel. This is why I think this organization is so fantastic! Jessica is providing a way for girls who have lost their hair to feel pretty, to feel confident, and to feel normal. I don’t think there’s a better gift out there than to help a young girl with her self-esteem. She’s helping to show these girls that hair isn’t everything, and it’s what’s on the inside that matters most. I think we all need this lesson every now and then.
Did you know childhood cancer takes the lives of more children in the US than any other disease? I had no idea just how prevalent it is, and how important it is to raise awareness.
“Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3.5 minutes.”
Every 3.5 minutes. By the time you’re done reading this post, another child may have been diagnosed. It’s so, so important for people to know the facts, and to be given a way to feel like they can make a difference too.
“Progress can’t be made without research. Research can’t be done without funding. And funding can’t be done without awareness…Headbands of Hope aims to start with awareness and end with a cure.”
Now, let’s get down to business. The actual headbands are ADORABLE. There are tons of different styles, ranging from chevron, sparkly, flowered, lace, and so many more. There truly is a style to make every single girl feel beautiful. Here are a few of my favorites:
Jessica was so generous to send me one of her sparkly glitter bands to test out and review for you! I received the fushia one, and love it! I wore it last night on my run and took a few pictures of her cute packaging before I headed out.
The headband felt great! I slipped a bobby-pin onto it to make sure it didn’t slide off, and I was good to go! Running in Arkansas does magical things to my hair, like creating crazy fly-aways, so these types of headbands are PERFECT. And, who doesn’t like to feel a little bit cuter on a sweaty run?
I did a quick 3.1 at the lake, and was reminded again why I love to run, and run at night. The air was cooler, and I didn’t feel like I was running through a sauna. My splits were right where I wanted them, and even Truckee congratulated me when I walked in the door. If she’s good for anything it’s high fives!
And now, here is some good news for YOU! Jessica has offered to give away THREE glitter bands to my readers! All you have to do to enter is tweet about the giveway, mentioning BOTH @headbandsofhope and myself, @sarah_ingle1, and tell us what your favorite inspirational quote is. Then, leave a comment on this post telling me that you tweeted so I don’t miss it!
Sound easy? Now, GO!
Winners will be announced on Sunday!
If you don’t enter, this girl will win all three.
Did you enter the giveaway? Do you love Hobby Lobby as much as I do? Are you going to be watching this season of DWTS?!