Co-workers shed locks for a friend
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – Daryl Anderson was sitting in a barber’s chair Saturday morning getting his head shaved bald.
“What’s daddy doing?” Anderson’s wife, Michelle, said to her 20-month-old daughter, who watched the scene with a puzzled look.
Seven men shaved their heads at The Barber’s Den in Edwards, Colo., to show support for a friend who is going through chemotherapy.
Stephanie Phillips, 27, was diagnosed with breast cancer this past summer. Most of the people who gathered to shed their locks are her co-workers from the Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail, where she is an interim nurse educator.
Anderson works at the hospital with Phillips and organized the haircuts.
“Once I found out Stephanie had breast cancer, I was sad because here’s a beautiful woman who is in her late 20s, has breast cancer, she’s in this fight to basically save her life,” the 33-year-old Eagle resident said. “I thought, ‘There’s a lot of guys out there who won’t wear pink but they’ll shave their heads.’ I thought this would be a great way to raise some money for her and help her pay her medical bills and show her there are people who care about her.”
‘Outpouring of support’
In August, Phillips was doing a self breast exam when she discovered a lump. She went to the doctor for an ultrasound and was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When she started undergoing chemotherapy, Philips said her long brown hair fell out so quickly she was afraid to wash it. Eventually, she went to a hair salon to shave it off.
“I opted not to get a wig,” she said. “I just feel like they don’t look right. They don’t look natural. I prefer beanies.”
Phillips said her next round of chemotherapy is set for Wednesday.
As she watched her coworkers’ hair fall to the floor, she said she appreciated the gesture.
“I think this is awesome,” she said. “I’ve gotten such an outpouring of support.”
Anne Ralston, owner of The Barber’s Den, donated her time to shave the men’s heads.
“I love to be able to give back to the community,” she said.
Along with shaving their heads, co-workers raised money to help Phillips cover her medical expenses.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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