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Bold, Bald and Beautiful

Emma Simon shaved her head for St. Baldrick’s raising more than $3,000 in funding for childhood cancer research and donated 22 inches of hair to Wigs for Kids. 

NEW!! SmileTrain Feature Article: 

Patricia Simon: 

Cleft Patient to Smile Maker 

My name is Patricia Simon and I was born with a cleft lip and palate. I had very supportive parents who were able to provide me with cleft surgeries and speech therapy and I could always count on the love and support of my four siblings and friends. I was fortunate, but my family and I also had to traverse a great deal of challenges in my road to cleft repair, which has led me to become an advocate for others affected by cleft lip and palate. Read More

Bold, Bald, and Beautiful: High School Senior Shaves for Kids With Cancer

Meet the 17-year-old superhero shaving to support childhood cancer research and inspire confidence. “I want to show little girls that it shouldn’t take them 16 years to realize that they are beautiful just the way they are.”

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Emma used to dream of being a superhero. Now, the 17-year-old is making her dreams come true by shaving her 22 inches of hair to help fund childhood cancer research. Read on to find out how Emma is encouraging all women to be bold for change this International Women’s Day.

In first grade, my best friend and I created a game called Superheroes.

Our “superhuman” job was to walk around the playground and pick up litter. We loved it because we got to be superheroes and we were helping people.

As you can probably guess, I have never been the most “popular” girl in school.

In fact, I was bullied quite a bit throughout grade school and middle school.

I had always been shy, but when my third-grade crush said he would “never like a fat and ugly pig of a person,” I started to isolate myself and hate my appearance.

After years of being told I was unattractive, I began to believe it.

Emma and her best friend and co-creator of the Superheroes game, Katie, in first grade.

Junior year of high school was when I finally realized what it takes to be beautiful. There was nothing in particular that helped me “find the light,” I just got older and realized that no one other than myself gets to define who I am or how I view myself.

All you need is confidence — confidence in yourself and your capabilities.

Although 10 years have passed, I still want to be the superhero I dreamed of being in first grade. I was put in this world to help others, to make a difference. Read More.