Amherst student raises over $2,500 to cut hair for cancer research

Adam Barron holds up two larges strands of hair in front of the General Amhert student body.  Barron raised over $2,500, which was donated to T2B.

Adam Barron holds up two larges strands of hair in front of the General Amhert student body. Barron raised over $2,500, which was donated to T2B.

By Joel Charron

 

Adam Barron’s lovely, long locks are no more.

For the past five weeks, Barron, 16, has been fundraising throughout General Amherst High School and the community to raise money for Transition 2 Betterness.

Barron’s sales pitch, if he met his goal of $2,000 he would chop off his hair he has been growing for the past six years.

Barron raised $2,587.24.

Last Tuesday, in front of the entire General Amherst student body, Barron kept his word and got his first hair cut in the better part of a decade.

“At the beginning I was getting lots of donations, then I reached out to the businesses and organizations in town,” said Barron.

Barron added the donations slowed down roughly halfway through his fundraising effort. However, once his deadline came close the donations started to pour in once again.

“At the end, the donations spiked up again and I was able to raise over $2,500,” he boasted.

Barron said he got the idea from his friend Mike Laporte, who did the same with his hair but with his beard.

“His fundraiser was a little different. Instead of cutting his hair he styled his beard in a crazy way,” he said.

Barron’s hair, which reached down to almost his waist, will be made into a wig for cancer patients who have lost theirs.

After a recommendation from Laporte, Barron chose Transition 2 Betterness (T2B) as his charity of choice.

“Mike had nothing but great things to say about Transition 2 Betterness,” he said. “He was right, my experience with them was fantastic.”

Barron said his contact, Nadia DiDomenico was very supportive and kept in constant contact throughout his entire fundraising efforts.

“She was absolutely amazing,” he said.

A few minutes before the hair cutting began, Barron admits he felt the butterflies churning in his stomach.

“I think I was more relieved to finally get rid of it,” he joked.

So how does Barron like his new do?

“Playing sports is a lot better. Playing football and having long hair is a bit of a hassle,” he laughed. “I’m not waking up with a face full of hair anymore. It’s nice having short hair.”

Barron admits he does miss the attention his hair used to attract.

“All the girls wanted to play with my hair and braid it but I think I have gotten more attention since I cut it,” he said.

Barron said he plans on keeping his hair short for awhile but has not ruled out growing it long again.

“I’m going to keep it short for quite some time, but who knows I may grow it out again,” he said.

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