29Nov

We Need Your Help Now, or the Beard Comes Off – Stakes are Raised!

By, November 29, 2012

Aaron Feldman grows beard for charity - small versionThanks to your generous donations, my beard is starting to be gloriously full, as you can see. I sincerely thank those of you who have given already – your generosity has helped medical students in desperate need of financial assistance. But as of right now, only two remaining days are covered, otherwise this beard goes down the drain!

It’s time to step it up! I’m about to raise the stakes so you’ll give again. And for those who have not yet participated, you’ll want to jump in now.

Here’s why – for the next week, for each $25 donated, you’ll receive one entry into our drawing. If your name is chosen, then when I finally shave this beard off, I’ll shave it all off except for your initials! That’s right – I’ll wear your initials with pride on my face for at least 24 hours, and we’ll post the proof on our blog! It’s just another reason to do something amazing – please click here for the full story.

So, who’s ready to give $25, $100, $250… Let’s keep this beard going all winter long!

Update: The beard has been shaved! Close to $1,500 was raised, which will to go towards need-based medical scholarships. We sincerely appreciate all your help and support throughout this campaign!

15Nov

My Beard Needs Your Help!

By, November 15, 2012

Aaron Feldman grows beard for charity - small version
It’s been four weeks since I started growing this beard to raise funds for UCSD medical scholarships on behalf of Tyler Pardee (you can read the full story here). For every $25 that is donated to this cause, my ugly beard stays another day. It’s getting to the scratchy phase – let’s work together and see how ugly this beard can get!

Whether you donate or not, I ask that you please share the link below, and help spread the word. As of this writing, we’ve raised $377, which is a great start, and I thank you sincerely to all who have taken part. But right now, there are only enough donations to keep this beard going until Saturday! Please step in and give what you can. Who will be the next to ensure this beard stays on my face??

Update: The beard has been shaved! Close to $1,500 was raised, which will to go towards need-based medical scholarships. We sincerely appreciate all your help and support throughout this campaign!

02Nov

Help Me Grow an Ugly Beard – For a Very Good Reason!

By, November 02, 2012

Last March, I had the pleasure to meet a wonderful recently engaged couple, Teresa and Tyler. Tyler shared with me his love of surfing and travel with Teresa, and his experiences as a young ER doctor. We had a great conversation, and I could clearly see that the two of them had a love that was special. They hired our studio to photograph their wedding, to be held on Jan 19, 2013.

Sadly, just 6 months after our meeting, Tyler passed away from complications after undergoing surgery to remove his stage 4 Colon Cancer. I knew Tyler for a total of one hour, and could immediately feel how genuine and kind he was as a person. He was 28 years old. I don’t think life should be this short. We have to continue to not only find a cure for Cancer, but also to research techniques on how to fight this disease that affects so many.

Inspired by Tyler, Teresa has changed her life course, and plans on enrolling in Nursing School soon. Although Teresa is going to do amazing things with her education, it will be an uphill battle. It is a tough time to be a student, and a huge financial responsibility. There are many medical students working to change our healthcare system from within, and are barely making ends meet. The average debt of medical students is close to $100,000.

I know that we can all help, even in some small way. In Tyler’s honor, and in appreciation of Teresa’s commitment, I have decided to grow a big, un-groomed, ugly beard. For every $25 donated, the beard will stay for another day. I will do this for up to 5 months, and have already given a two-week head start as a preview of where this beard can go. 100% of your donation will go to UCSD programs like the Medical Scholarship Initiative, which provides immediate, need-based scholarships, in Tyler Pardee’s honor.

I ask that you please donate any amount that you can. Also, please be sure to share this post’s link with your friends and family to help get the word out. Tweet it, post it, Pinnit… whatever you prefer! Let’s help put an end to Cancer, one whisker at a time!

Update: The beard has been shaved! Close to $1,500 was raised, which will to go towards need-based medical scholarships. We sincerely appreciate all your help and support throughout this campaign!