As David and I arrived at the event, I was given a gold star nametag that proclaimed me a "Cutter". The ladies at the nametag table had all heard the story of our Walker event the week before and knew that there were two of us at the same school fighting cancer. I was surprised to suddenly be treated like a VIP. I was honored, but also felt pretty darn weird that it was because I happened to have cancer. Cancer has made me important. What's wrong with this picture?
I found a number of other Walker faculty, students, and parents, draped with black capes, ponytailed, and waiting to be cut. Included within this group were my principal and assistant principal, who were also there as VIP cutters, plus more faculty and family who were there as watchers and supporters. In all, hair donations from Walker alone numbered 15. The total number of heads that donated at least 8 inches of hair that night broke previous records, with over 80 people donating to this event. This means 210 ponytails were cut, which will now make up to 35 new wigs for cancer patients. Wow!
|Two of her five ponytails...before the cut!|
|We were told that it takes six ponytails to make one wig. Jo had five!|
Thanks to all who contributed hair in honor of me, Caryn, and the many others who have, are, or will be touched by this unforgiving disease. You are ALL my heroes!
|This hair will make some seriously gorgeous wigs!|
(And I'm thinking I need to invest in an eyepatch and a parrot. Arggh.)