Raising $8,600 for suicide prevention by shaving my head

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Last Sunday night, I created a fundraiser raising funds for suicide awareness and prevention.

After seeing local families affected by such tragedy, as well as individuals creating fundraisers raising funds for charities for which they are passionate about supporting and have a connection to, I decided that I wanted to take part and contribute in my own way. After a little research, I found a charity that I wanted to support.

I was looking for a way to raise funds for the AFSP — the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

If you know me personally, you know there are few things I like more than my hair. It’s the reason I spend an unfathomable amount of money on hair product, bring a mini-mirror and a (now not-so-secret) comb in my backpack, and run my fingers through my hair several times per hour.

I’ve had long hair all my life.

close call

The shortest I had my hair was a short, dark time when I got gum stuck in my hair and panicked, making an evident bald spot in the middle of my head. I got a haircut in an attempt to hide the bald spot, and looking back, it worked pretty well. I purchased hair-growing vitamins from GNC and would take twice the recommended daily dose because I hated the short hair look and it was the shortest I ever went. This is the only known picture of this dark time in my life.

It became clear to me that shaving my head was the driving factor I was going to use behind the fundraiser. Plus, it helps that other fundraisers, such as runs or walks, didn’t fit me too well (I ran a 14-minute mile in middle school).

So, I put aside everything else that I was doing and created a fundraiser with a goal of $500. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I was going to reach that goal, and was deciding putting a goal of $250.

Needless to say, the then-ambitious goal of $500 was not so ambitious after all. 1,720% of the initial goal of $500 was raised, and I have no words but to say that I am so humbled and thankful. I have just returned from shaving my head.

So, what’s next?

The next step is to donate the funds to the AFSP. I have submitted a form and am waiting for verification from Generosity.com. When approved, the payment will be disbursed on the week of June 12. As soon as the funds hit my account, a donation, as well as a thank you video will both be recorded live and posted on this page.

Update: June 1, 2017

Generosity.com is making me jump through quite a few more hoops. I submitted my last 4, then they asked me for my full SSN, which I provided. They have now asked for a full passport photo (each of these after a delay after submitting the last piece of information) and will do so, as well as update this post once the funds reach my account and when they are donated.

Update: June 12, 2017

I have finally finished verification. Funds have not been disbursed to my account yet, but I will update this post as soon as they have been.

Update: July 12, 2017

Funds have not yet been disbursed, but if Generosity.com documentation is correct, I will receive it in the coming week.

Update: August 16, 2017

I have (finally) put the AFSP in touch with Generosity.com. Generosity.com will be disbursing funds directly to them. Woo!



  • Adam
    May 20, 2017

    Good on you. Thank you Yashar.

  • babak
    May 20, 2017

    $8600…. wow. A great cause and I applaud you for your initiative. You are on your path to becoming a very successful young man and giving is the first step..

  • Adam Taaev
    May 22, 2017


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