Havelock student gives a special birthday present to honor friend

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Meghan Woodard, left, of Scizzor Talk in Havelock, cuts sections of hair off Madelyn Eastman to be donated to Locks of Love on Jan. 31. Eastman donated her cut hair in honor of Caleb Rowe, a Havelock-area student who died from cancer in 2009 and would have turned 16 years old on Jan. 31.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 05:01 PM.

Madelyn Eastman couldn’t give Caleb Rowe a present for his 16th birthday. Instead, she did the only thing she could think of to honor the memory of a friend she had known since pre-school.

She donated her hair in honor of the Havelock boy who died of cancer in 2009.

Eastman had 12 inches of her long hair cut and donated to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients and other children who lose their hair and can’t afford to pay for them.

The Havelock High sophomore made the donation on Jan. 31, which would have been Rowe’s 16th birthday.

"We were in pre-school together," Eastman said of Rowe.

Eastman, who said she used to have very short hair in the sixth grade, said she had not gotten it cut since then. She said she had been thinking about a hair cut and donation to Locks of Love for about two years, and the timing just seemed right.

"It was getting long and he’s birthday was coming up," she said of her decision to get her hair cut. "I’m very happy about it."

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