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Friday, June 19, 2009

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Razors' hairstylist Lorna Gardner cuts off one of the nine ponytails of Staunton resident Matt Barker's hair while his wife Meri and daughter Dakota watch. Sporting a new shaved-head look, Barker is donating all of his hair to Locks of Love in memory of family and friends who have died from cancer. [Order this photo]
Father donates hair in honor of daughter's friend

One local father is going to look a little different this Father's Day, but that's OK with his daughter because it's for a cause they both support.

"My daughter Dakota, who has a friend that has cancer, donated her hair to Locks of Love a few years ago," Matt Barker told The Brazil Times before having his head "buzzed" by Razors' hairstylist Lorna Gardner Thursday evening.

Passionate about supporting American Cancer Society, Barker has experienced the loss of three family members, several friends and associates he knew in the military to cancer.

"I've supported the ACS for 30 years, and this is another way for me to help," he said while Gardner divided his hair into sections. "If someone else can use my hair, they can have all of it."

Barker admitted it took 10 years since his retirement from the United States Air Force in 2000 to grow his hair, which Gardner said became 10 separate sections that were 9- to 11-inch long ponytails.

Barker's wife Meri captured the moment while their daughter Dakota teased her father about how it might take her a few days to get used to his new look.

"I've seen him like this before," Meri said while snapping pictures and adding a few taunts herself. "Honey, you knew it was time for a trim."

When the last bit of hair was cut off, Barker put on his glasses to take a look at the "new man" in the mirror.

"I wish that people could give more. It's not necessary for everyone to give money, this is a great way to help others in need," Barker said. "Even in tough economic times, people still suffer and there's still a need to help them."

How to help

To donate to the American Cancer Society's 2009 Clay County Relay For Life log on to www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin.


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Wouldn't expect anything less from a retired Military man. Good job Matt.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 7:03 PM

Good job Matt...but I would suspect one of the reasons was all the money it took to cover that gray!! LOL

Love you brother!! You're the man!!!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 7:21 PM

THAT'S AWSOME. LOOKS LIKE THIS GUY WILL BE SPENDING A LOT LESS MONEY ON HAIR COLOR BUT A LOT MORE ON SUN SCREEN. JUST MESSIN'. WAY TO GO MATT.

-- Posted by BIG SPOON on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 5:37 PM

Awesome thing to do Matt. Good job!

-- Posted by WhateversClever on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 10:24 AM

That's a great thing you did Matt, and you also make those of us in the military proud!!! I'm so thankful I can get on the Brazil Times website from Iraq, to keep up with the news back home:)

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:29 PM


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