Mom shaves head for childhood cancer awareness
Randi Heisler and her son, Aspen, traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada last week as part of superstar magician, Criss Angel’s HELP benefit gala.
The gala took place on Monday, September 12 at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.
The evening was held to raise funds and promote awareness to “Heal Every Life Possible” (HELP) for children currently suffering from pediatric cancer.
The benefit gala was complete with appearances and performances by musicians, actors and celebrities such as Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, Mtley Cre’s Vince Neil, Flavor Flav, Mike Tyson, Imagine Dragons, Blue Man Group and many more.
Heisler was the honorary guest of the night, as she had her head shaved for the cause, on-stage, while Dee Snider and Richie Sambora performed.
“My job for this event was purely as a guest performer,” Heisler said. “My son, Aspen, was just declared cancer free [in] June 2016. I did shave once before as part of a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, but Aspen was in treatment and too young to remember. It was important to me to show him my ‘why.'”
Funds from the event were donated in the hopes of advancing pediatric cancer research and treatment, and ultimately finding a cure.
Criss Angel’s own son, Johnny, is currently in remission with Leukemia. Children like Johnny and Aspen are the reason that this event was held.
“[My favorite part] was having Aspen and my parents in the audience, especially Aspen. It was so amazing to have him, as a survivor, there watching and spreading hope, especially since we were told he would not survive more than once,” Heisler said.
Heisler wants this community to know that donations are still being accepted and all proceeds go directly to childhood cancer research. This is important to her because, according to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, only 4% of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research.
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