My Mom has very long hair; it's also quite thick, like as thick as your arm. She also has this habit of being incredibly giving. She quietly donates as needed; she gives blood, volunteers for everything and even gives her hair. Generally her generosity is quiet and under the radar, as she would prefer it, but yesterday was a little different...
My Mom works as an oncology nurse and encounters patients who lose some or all of their hair during the course of their treatment. Yesterday, at her work, was a cancer survivor celebration barbecue. My Mom chose this day to give her hair to Locks of Love which makes wigs, mostly for children who suffer from hair loss. As part of the event she asked one of her patients, who has lost her hair to cancer, to do the honors of cutting off her long hair. My Mom used the opportunity to draw attention to two causes that are near and dear to her heart, what a clever lady.
First, let me note that the above photo is not her normal hairstyle, she had it separated for donation. Eric and I stopped by her office for the event, which ended up being an EVENT.
Mom had an entourage of friends, patients (friends), reporters, photographers and camera crews following her around. The barbecue and hair cutting ended up on two local news stations and in the paper. She was not quite comfortable with all of the attention, but it was well worth it.
Sharyn (above) is a cancer survivor who has lost her own hair to cancer. My Mom was quick to point out that her donation, while dramatic, was nothing compared to those who quietly lose their hair as a result of cancer treatments.
Sharyn nervously set to work chopping off my Mom's hair. It took quite a while because, as I mentioned, my Mom has some crazy thick hair.
Here she is after the chopping and before the styling that soon followed. She later told me that when she walked into the hair salon one of the stylists looked up and nervously asked, "Did someone do that to your hair?" Apparently she thought my Mom had been to the worst hairdresser on the planet.