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.