What took more than three years to grow came off in the blink of an eye or, accurately, the snip of barber Pat Johnson's clippers on Tuesday afternoon, July 8.
Mike Davis, 17, Toledo, lost his long locks, all 18 inches, for the Locks of Love campaign. He said he was inspired by his sister, Michelle's donation to the same organization made several years ago. Pat Johnson cut Michelle's hair for that donation, as well.
What was a bit unusual was Mike's hair cut was the first male Pat or any of the three beauticians at Pat's Barber and Style had ever done for Locks of love.
The final results- Pat Johnson holds 18 inches for the Locks of Love organization from Mike Davis.
Chronicle photos/John Speer
Mike will be a senior at South Tama High School and is the son of Bill and Laura Davis, Toledo.
You might recognize Mike as he is a noted cartoonist. He will again have a display of his work at the Toledo Public Library in October.
From its website: "Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.
"There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling.
More information: locksoflove.org/donate.html
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