As she sat in a chair on a street corner with a full head of curly brown hair at about 6:15 p.m. Friday, it was hard to imagine that Kim Holmes was going to have her head completely shaved off after 10 minutes.
Even the hairdresser, Tina Gollnick, heisitated for a few moments before she took the clippers to Holmes' head.
But since Holmes knew that getting her head shaved would help support the fight against cancer, her commitment never wavered.
"I just hope it raises awareness, and makes proactive about getting cancer screenings and helps raise some money," she said.
Holmes, who lost her grandmother to bone marrow cancer and has a mother battling Lymphoma was one of at least a half-dozen people had their heads shaved at an impromptu barber shop set up at the corner of Second Avenue Southeast and South Main Street to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The head shaving event was organized by the co-captain of the newly established Relay For Life team "Marcy's Right People," Logan Schumacher, of Aberdeen. He said the team was named for his mother, Marcy Schumacher, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. Gollnick and Annie Bergjord of HIP Salon volunteered to perform the head shavings.
The event brought in about $600, he said.
Many of the people who volunteered had a loved one who died of cancer, such as Tye Fisher, 23, of Aberdeen, who lost his father to pancreatic cancer at the age of 16.
"I'm doing this for my dad," he said as locks of hair dropped onto the sidewalk.
About $600 was donated to the team. Schumacher said. All of the money will benefit the ACS.
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