Welcome to Leon’s Locks for St. Jude Kids
My amazing little boy has been on a quest to,
Help the children of St. Jude.
This is his story;
It was just over two year’s ago when 7-year-old, Leon, came home from school after a presentation given at his school about the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Math-a-thon.
He begged me to give him permission to do it. Of course said yes.
Then he said, …..”Oh and mom, can I get a haircut?”
“Why do you want a hair cut?” I asked. “Well, I want to donate it to the ones that are bald….”
I said yes, thinking it would never last; but I was super proud of him none the less.
And that is when he committed himself to grow his hair long enough to donate it to a child at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Now it is two years later; he has endured the bullies at school and in camp, who teased him, picked on him, and began calling him a girl. Which only exasperated his Aspergers Syndrome, causing him to spin or walk in circles. And that provoked even more teasing. We put a stop to the teasing and offered to have his hair cut several times, so as to avoid being bullied. Leon’s resolve was stronger than ever. He refused to to give in.
His hair is now over 10 inches at this point and is ready to be cut. However Leon recently learned that his hair wouldn’t necessarily be going to someone from St. Jude, (although it would still help someone in need). This was very upsetting news for Leon.
Convincing a child with Asperger’s to change his mind can be an uphill battle. Leon’s Aspergers, makes it very difficult for him to transition from one thing to another, especially when it is something as important to him as this. For more than two year’s, Leon’s focus has been on helping St. Jude kids. So with this news, Leon’s determination to help St. Jude grew even more resolute. He of course still plans to donate his hair, but first he wants to help the children of St. Jude.
And Now, A Message from: Leon
Welcome to my Leon’s Locks for St. Jude Kids event page.
My name is Leon Oldfield and I am in 4th grade. When I was in 1st grade, I watched a video in school about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It made me want to help those kids that were just like me; except they were very, very, sick and some of them were even bald. When I got home from school, I told my mom that I wanted to join the school fundraiser to help those kids, and then I told her I wanted to donate my hair to them too. My mom told me I would have to grow it real long. And that was just fine with me.
Now my hair is really, REALLY. long, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Because of my Asperger’s Syndrome, I tend to hide behind it, so I know I am going to miss it, but it is time to cut it. My hair will be donated to make a wig for someone who really needs one, but I found out it might not go to someone at St. Jude. So now I am hosting this event to raise money that will help out St. Jude kids directly.
This event will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find new treatments for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Your donation can help me to reach my goal of $5,000 and that can help St. Jude continue its lifesaving work against pediatric diseases.
Follow this link to make a donation.
Check back often to see my progress. Thanks for helping me reach my goal for the kids of St. Jude!
For more pictures of Leon and to see how his hair has grown over the years click here and scroll down