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Sean-Patrick Erisman, a kindergarten student here at Cornerstone, has been expressing his Christian discipleship in a unique way since he was three.
Sean-Patrick was recently named a Squire of Hope for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for raising funds the past three years. He has shaved his head while raising money to benefit children with cancer. This year alone, he raised $1,400! “People who are sick, I like to give them hair because their hair fell all out,” explained Sean-Patrick.
Recently, his classmates crowded around him to admire his cleanly shaved head, medal, and pin he was awarded from St. Baldrick’s for all his efforts. For his efforts, Cornerstone allowed him to wear a special green St. Baldrick’s T-shirt to school that day.
It's a Family Affair
The entire Erisman family is involved with St. Baldricks. “Three years ago, my husband, Kevin, was invited to participate in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser, located at the Guston's in Woodstock,” said Miriam Erisman. “At this time Sean-Patrick was only three years old, and after hearing testimonies from other kids about their battle with cancer, he was inspired to shave his head with Kevin. In a very short period of time, he raised several hundred dollars. The next year, we asked Sean if he wanted to participate and he did. Again he raised several hundred dollars at the event to shave his head.”
“At that event, I decided that we were going to establish an official team and fundraise as much as we could leading up to the event. That's what we did, we posted on social media and sent emails to our family and friends.”
This year, for the first time, Mrs. Erisman shaved her head along with her husband and son. “On March 24, we went into the event having raised around $1,100. While at the event Sean-Patrick raised another $300+, and we shaved our heads together as a team and a family.”
Mrs. Erisman noted that the family is still raising money for the event and are up to over $1,500.
When asked how the family developed such a selfless spirit in their young son, she said, “I think God gave Sean-Patrick a big heart, and we just nurtured it by being an example. Our family philosophy has always been to help and put others before yourself. We try to live this every day.”
If you would like to donate to the Erisman family efforts, you can do so here.
Learn More about St. Baldrick’s
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. It has raised over $24 million in 2018.
Cornerstone mission is to partner with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship. Academic excellence is easy to define in the classroom. Christian discipleship can many forms. We are proud of Sean-Patrick for the way he selflessly shows Christ’s love to others.