It’s for sick kids!

My archenemy (not really) Bill Toland at the Post-Gazette is not only a comedian in a journalist’s body, but he’s also a generous soul. Like me, he’s got a soft spot for sick kids, and he’s doing something about it by getting his hair shaved off for charity at the Claddagh Pub on the South Side on March 15.

Bill’s appeal letter is quite possibly the best thing I’ve read all week. Some snippets:

Most of you know that I have hair. Thick, luxurious hair. Whatever other failings I may have, personally or hygienically, never let it be said that my hair isn’t full-bodied. But I am going to shave it off. For money. For YOUR money.

So, your options are:
1) Donate now (via the blue “donate” link above this bio), and you won’t get a bunch of e-mails from me over the next month. It takes just a few minutes online, and your contributions are tax-deductible.
2) Donate now, and also show up at the event on March 15.
3) Don’t donate now, meaning I’ll send you e-mail after e-mail, until such point you snap, get in your car, drive to my house and stab me with a salad fork. Nobody wants that to happen.
4) Personally tell the kids with cancer you don’t care about them.

He’s shaving his head in honor of a little girl named Amey. You can see Amey here.

Let me know if she reaches out of your monitor and punches you in the heart like she did to me. SHE MISSED HER OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Here’s Bill before he shaves it all off. He promises me he’ll send me a nice after shot as well.

That’s some nice, thick hair. I can’t wait to see his lumpy, bald generous head. He’s raised $711 of his $1,000 goal.

Go donate a few bucks. Consider it the money you would put toward a sandwich for a homeless man, ‘kay?

Tell him PittGirl sent you and that she said one of you that donates will get the next limited edition PittGirl shirt for FREE! Yay, you (by the way, reader Eric was the lucky winner of the previous free shirt giveaway in honor of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape). Trust me. It’s going to be a GREAT shirt.

Be sure to email me and tell me you donated, or just put it in the comments, so that I can give you a virtual hug and put your name in my hat! You don’t have to tell me how much you gave.

Thanks, Burghers!


  1. plexxer
    February 22, 2008 9:38 am

    Consider my heart officially punched. I donated, and I hope she gets enough money to have a FANTASTIC 5th birthday party!

  2. pittgirl
    February 22, 2008 9:45 am

    Thanks Plexxer. You and reader Ant Annie are the first to donate and your names are in my hat.

    Consider yourself hugged.

  3. Bulldog
    February 22, 2008 9:57 am

    I’m in, punched heart and all. Thanks to Bill Toland for doing this and to you pittgirl for letting us know.

  4. pittgirl
    February 22, 2008 10:04 am

    Hugs to you, Bulldog.

    And also to reader Katie who donated as well.

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  6. Ms. Caroline
    February 22, 2008 10:11 am

    As a survivor myself, I can really appreciate someone who will do something so noble for a cancer patient. Especially a child. So many people offered to shave their heads in support of my situation and no one ever followed through. I don’t know who you are Bill Toland, but in my book, YOU ROCK! Donation forthcoming…

    P.S. I was surprised by how lumpy my head wasn’t. :)

  7. pittgirl
    February 22, 2008 10:23 am

    Thanks Ms. Caroline!

    Maybe Bill should get a tattoo like yours, too! ;) That was an awesome tattoo.


  8. mudbugs
    February 22, 2008 11:28 am

    count me in, too.

  9. Uncle Crappy
    February 22, 2008 11:29 am

    I DO know who you are, Bill Toland, and it’ll be worth way more than whatever I’ll donate to see you with a clean-shaven noggin.

    My advice to everyone who was contacted by Bill about this: Definitely donate, but wait a while before you do — Bill’s emails are pretty funny.

  10. pittgirl
    February 22, 2008 11:36 am

    Big hug to mudbugs and big hug to Uncle Crappy!

  11. Robin
    February 22, 2008 12:01 pm

    Done! Good for you, Bill! And thanks, Pittgirl for using your powers for good. As a reward, I will tell you that my S.O. (who spends quite a bit of the summer using a Super Soaker on the pigeons) witnessed a hawk take one down in our backyard. Haven’t seen a pigeon in days. Robin

  12. geeves
    February 22, 2008 12:57 pm

    Hmmmm…. I wonder if the Mrs will be manning the clippers… I’ll have to check this out.

  13. Stephanique1
    February 22, 2008 12:57 pm

    Beautiful little girl. Donated. Thanks PG for helping us help others.

  14. Michael
    February 22, 2008 1:24 pm

    Darn you PG. I was all ready to prove my heart was up to a Chuck Norris punching but low and behold the first thing I see is where Amey is from. Plymouth Meeting. If PG can support an Eastern PA Girl then I can break out the crowbar and open up my wallet.

  15. Kristin
    February 22, 2008 2:08 pm

    I donated. I kind of want to send that girl a birthday cake myself. And a pony. Good job, Bill and PittGirl!

  16. PittGirl
    February 22, 2008 2:52 pm

    Robin, Stephanique, Michael and Kristin,

    Thanks so much for donating. My heart is yours for the moment.


  17. Jessica
    February 22, 2008 4:05 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this — as it turns out, I received my tax refund today and what better way to spend part of it! This really hits home as I lost a childhood friend to brain cancer when she was 11.

    Thanks PittGirl and thanks Bill!

  18. Steeler_tom
    February 22, 2008 8:23 pm

    Punched the heart, slapped my face, stepped on the toes and I’m lovin it!

    Kids aren’t supposed to get sick dang it.

    My donation has been completed.
    Hopefully Bill is over the $1000.00 mark now.


  19. pittgirl
    February 23, 2008 8:50 am

    Thanks so much Jessica and Steeler_tom. You’ve been added to the hat and can consider yourselves violently grabbed and hugged by me.

  20. Steeler_tom
    February 23, 2008 5:37 pm

    Bill sent a message to me today and I replied and he replied back, I thought I’d share it with all of you here at the Burgh Blog….

    “Well, the good news is, YOUR contribution put me over $1,000 … the bad news is, I’ve decided to increase my goal beyond $1,000, since the response seems to be good.”

    I’ve got goose bumps! (& I’m just a little teary eyed too, I know, I know I sound gay as all hell) But this rocks!

  21. Concetta
    February 25, 2008 5:05 pm

    I’m writing to thank you for choosing Amey to sponsor. She is a great little girl and my daughter’s best friend (they are cousins and I’m her aunt). It’s great to know strangers are willing to contribute to fighting childhood cancers. Keep her and all the others battling cancer in your thoughts and prayers. We’re looking forward to a fantastic 5th birthday celebration!