Havelock woman goes bald for a friend

Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:44 PM.

Jenny Cruz, owner of Blades and Rayz in Havelock, cut Holman’s hair, which was donated to the organization Locks of Love, which makes wigs for people who have lost their hair.

“I took a zero to it and I looked like Mr. Clean for a while,” Holman said. “It was about as close to skin as you can get.”

Holman, a pharmacy tech at Walmart in Havelock, said hear decision to cut her hair off came easily after Hagan told her that the hardest part of the illness was losing her hair.

“It didn’t take me but five minutes to come home after a heartfelt conversation and lots of tears with her over her battle with cancer and what losing her hair has done to her,” Holman said. “I came home and said ‘I’m shaving my head.’ My family was like, ‘Whoa, Mandy, hit the brakes.’ I’m a rash thinker. I’m a doer. If it comes into my mind, I’m going to do it. And my family said ‘Will you at least give it a month?’”

Holman agreed, figuring it would help them ease into the transition. When the date finally came, Holman quietly went forward with her plan.

Her daughter, shocked at the sight of her mother, said she wouldn’t allow Holman to tuck her in for bed anymore. Her 13-year-old son was equally distressed.

“I told them ‘You know what Mommy had a choice and Crystal didn’t have a choice and there are kids that are your age that don’t have a choice,’” Holman said. “And we got on St. Jude’s website and started looking at kids her age and people she could relate to and reading a little about their stories. After we were done, she said ‘Ok, you can tuck me in.’”

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