Havelock student gives a special birthday present to honor friend

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 05:01 PM.

Meghan Woodard, stylist at Scizzor Talk in Havelock, first measured 10 inches of Eastman’s hair to cut off. When Eastman realized how much hair she would still have left, she instructed Woodard to take another two inches more.

Woodard measured again and then snipped, placing bundles of the hair on the counter in front of Eastman.

"I feel like my head is a lot lighter," Eastman said.

Eastman’s parents and grandmother were on hand to watch, as was Nicki Rowe, Caleb’s mother, and Malorie Rowe, Caleb’s sister.

"You’re going to make someone very happy," Nicki Rowe told Eastman. "Caleb always said he didn’t like being bald. Some guys like it, but Caleb never did."

Caleb Rowe lost his hair during his cancer treatments. He was a student at Tucker Creek Middle School when he died on Sept. 9, 2009.

He was a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, and many of his friends wore Carolina Blue colors during the day. Eastman sported a UNC T-shirt for her haircut.

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