- Posted December 17, 2009 by
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Kentucky Bald Chick Gives Money Away
What does a Kentucky high school counselor and breast cancer survivor do when she is not at school? She writes a witty and inspirational cancer book to teach the world how to help someone through cancer. Then she spends her off-school hours traveling the country speaking about her book and her business called "Bald Chick Ministry."
When Mary Beth Hall was diagnosed with cancer two years ago her best friend searched for a book to teach her how to help Mary Beth through the cancer journey. She looked in bookstores and online and couldn't find a book to help her. She realized no such book existed. After a year of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, Hall wrote that book and titled it "Lessons from a Bald Chick".
Lessons from a Bald Chick has swept the nation as a funny cancer book that has readers laughing and crying while learning valuable life lessons. Hall travels the country speaking about her journey, book, and ministry and is a very popular and entertaining speaker. The book's web site lists her engagements and how to contact her: www.abaldchick.com.
Hall started Bald Chick Ministry to give the money from the sales of the book away to individuals battling cancer.
"People think I'm crazy for working this hard and then giving the money away," Hall says. "But, I would much rather be a blessing to those in need than to spend the money on myself. I know what it is like to feel extremely sick. I know what it is like to receive blessings when in that condition. I want to make the world a better place by giving to others in the hope that when they are better, those people will turn around and give to someone else. This is how we change our world, one person at a time, " says Hall.
Mary Beth's speaking engagements have become very popular. She speaks to groups of 10 to 1,000 and has the crowds roaring with laughter one minute and crying in their hands the next. It is obvious, while reading her book or listening to her speak, she is a natural at intimately connecting with the cancer world. Her speaking engagements have become so popular and are keeping her so busy she may have to quit her day job, but for now, this writing, speaking, and charitable phenomenon must pack her lunch for school.