Thursday, September 13, 2012

Meet Caroline.

I was going to write a non-important blog post tonight linking up with Neely from A Complete Waste of Makeup discussing all the things I'm forgiving myself for this week including my refusal to fold laundry tonight (I totally just started the dryer again...). Then I logged onto my blog Facebook page and read an awesome message from a proud mom in Norfolk, Virginia. I knew I had to write about it.

Its Ok Thursdays

So, on this Thursday evening, I think it is OK to...

-admire someone I don't know.

I don't know about y'all, but I remember high school as being intimidating. I felt like I was in a constant battle to fit in and stand out all at the same very time. I--without sacrificing my morals (often)-- did what I needed to do to keep the mean girls away. I tried to survive and enjoy.

What I didn't do:

I did not pick a controversial issue and discuss it in front of 350 of my peers. 

The Grell Family
Meet Caroline.

This beauty is a senior at a private school in Norfolk, Virginia, and was required to stand in front of her peers and give a persuasive speech to the members of the Upper School. On Monday of this week, Caroline stood in front of about 350 people and discussed the need for a ban that would prevent minors from using public tanning beds. Caroline, someone I had never heard of before tonight, shared my experience with melanoma during her speech. Afterwards, Caroline told her mom that girls walked up to her and said they would never go to a tanning salon again. Teachers even asked Ms. Caroline for copies of her speech so that they could forward it on to their own young daughters who still seek that dangerous tan.

Caroline's mom, Debbie, sent me a message tonight to share her daughter's speech with me and to say, " I just thought you might like to know that your story helped spread the word about tanning salons and the dangers of skin cancer." As soon as I read the message, I quickly read it to Mr. Spots, and then I responded with a sincere thank you for Caroline's brave efforts and for contacting me. Through our chit chat, I learned that Caroline received an A on her paper and also has created quite the "buzz" among the students. Thinking back to my own high school days, I truly believe Caroline was brave to speak against something that teenagers love: their tans.

Debbie wrote to me that she reminds Caroline, "Never pass up the opportunity to let someone know they have inspired you!"

Tonight, Caroline, you have inspired me. 

From melanoma warriors all over the world, thank you

*A special thanks to Debbie for contacting me and allowing me to share this with my readers!


Jennifer Childress Martin said...

Way to go, Caroline! How very brave of you! I am proud of you just as I am so very proud of you, Miss Chelsea!

Jess Rogowicz said...

That's amazing!!!!! Good for her!!!

RBS said...

kudos to both of you your passion and courage give me a profound sense of comfort about who will become our future leaders rbs

Rose said...

Wow I agree looking back would I have took such a stance. I guess if I knew the danger for sure I would. Oh wait we had no indoor tanning than. But great job Caroline and what a wonderful person to look up to, that being Chelsea.

Rose said...

That is one amazing story. So, So proud of Caroline. I do believe she took a lot of heat but so glad she was able to make some kids think. What a wonderful, strong woman she choice to tell about. You are amazing as well Chelsea.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone had been so brave when I was in high school to inform everyone about this awful cancer, a cancer I knew nothing about until my husband was diagnosed. Thanks Caroline