Havelock woman goes bald for a friend


Mandy Holman shaved her head in support of a friend with cancer and donated her hair to Locks of Love. It's just one of her many acts of kindness.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:44 PM.

Mandy Holman doesn’t have any hair, but she says no one should be shy about asking why. She wants to tell people.

Holman’s new look is not for style or to copy a pop star. And it’s not because she’s sick in any way.

This new hair-do is what compassion looks like, compassion for a balding friend whose cancer fighting chemotherapy treatments had made her own hair fall out.

The friend, Crystal Hagan, of New Bern, cried when she first saw Holman after her Feb. 10 head shave.

The two women go to the chemotherapy treatments together, with Hagan usually hidden under a hat or a wig.

But that wasn’t the case at her last treatment.

“She sat through the first chemo appointment ever with her wig off, which was awesome, because nobody has seen her without hair,” Holman said.

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