|Long to short, Somerset donates to Locks of Love|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Larry Somerset walked through the front door of Veronica’s Hair and Nail Salon Saturday afternoon, June 4 with roughly 10 inches of hair draped around his neck. Forty-five minutes later, he walked out looking a bit different.
Somerset began growing his hair out nearly two years ago with plans to donate to Locks of Love. After seeing children in the newspaper donate their hair, he thought to himself, “Why not donate?”
“At least I can,” Somerset said. “I’m doing this for all the men who can’t.”
The journey has been long. Somerset said people looked at him differently with longer hair than when he had short hair. He also said he has been called many different things, including a hippie.
Throughout the process, he never told anyone why he continued to let his hair grow out. “It was sort of a social study,” Somerset said. “It’s been fun.”
His timing couldn’t be better. As Veronica Marroquin braided and proceeded to cut off the long locks Saturday afternoon, Somerset said he wanted to help raise some awareness for the upcoming Relay for Life. He usually tries to participate but he will be working in the Comm Center this year and won’t be able to walk. He sees the hair donation as his contribution.
His new do will undoubtedly be a bit cooler this summer as he makes his way around the golf course at Ballyneal during his other job as a caddie.
Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The organization meets a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The hairpieces they provide help restore children’s self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Larry Somerset is pictured at left with Veronica Marroquin after
Holyoke Enterprise June 9, 2011