Stu­dent shaves head to show sup­port for boy

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DENTON — Colonel Richard­son Mid­dle School eighth grader Abi­gail Hughes shaved her head Sun­day, April 2, to sup­port a Fed­er­als­burg youth who is bat­tling leukemia.

Hughes is col­lect­ing money to help six-year-old Gage Kelley.

“I just wanted to do some­thing for Gage to show peo­ple out there do care about him,” Hughes said. “We are here for him.”

Hughes chose Par­lor 7 & Co. Salon in Denton for the lo­ca­tion of her hair­cut. Owner Katie Thoma­son shaved Hughes’ head, and the day of her hair­cut had spe­cial mean­ing.

Thoma­son, a 2016 Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore Woman of the Year can­di­date, hosted a cut-a-thon Sun­day to raise money for the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety. Thoma­son raised $80,588 and fin­ished third over­all dur­ing the 2016 LLS cam­paign.

She is a mem­ber of Team Craft­ing a Cure, which is field­ing Laura Green­well as a 2017 LLS Woman of the Year can­di­date.

The 2017 cam­paign kicked off Thurs­day, March 30, with 10 teams com­pet­ing dur­ing the next 10 weeks to raise the most money for blood cancer re­search and the ti­tle of Man or Woman of the Year. Each can­di­date is as­sisted by a team of friends and fam­ily, and to­gether they host fundrais­ing events of all kinds to sup­port the cause.

Can­di­dates have pages on the LLS East­ern Shore web­site, www.mwoy.org/md/lo­calchap­ter/mwoyes, and the com­mu­nity can make do­na­tions and re­ceive updates for up­com­ing events.

The 2016 cam­paign was a record-breaking year for the LLS of the East­ern Shore, rais­ing $476,859 — a record for any Mary­land chap­ter and nearly dou­ble what was raised on the East­ern Shore in the 2015 cam­paign — for the LLS mis­sion to find a cure for blood can­cers.

LLS of the East­ern Shore hon­ored Thoma­son as the 2016 re­cip­i­ent of the An­gela M. Bul­lock Cit­i­zen­ship Award, given to the can­di­date who most ex­em­pli­fies the mis­sion of the LLS in his or her cam­paign.

In sup­port of her mother’s cam­paign, Kennedy Thoma­son shaved her own head in 2016. See­ing Hughes do the same for some­one, brought back great mem­o­ries for Katie Thoma­son.

“I was so ex­cited when Abi­gail said she wanted to shave her head,” she said. “It makes such a state­ment of sup­port to those who are bat­tling cancer. I’m proud of Abi­gail.”

Kennedy Thoma­son said Hughes looks beautiful.

“It makes me want to do it again,” she said. “Cancer af­fects a lot of peo­ple, and I wanted to give them sup­port in this spe­cial way.

“Peo­ple come up to you and ask why you shaved your head, so it raises aware­ness for the cause,” she said. “The more peo­ple that know about oth­ers fight­ing with cancer, the more help we can give to them.”

Join­ing Green­well 2017 LLS Man and Woman of the Year can­di­dates are John Bunce with Team Crushin’ Orange; Kasey Deal with Team Orange Blos­soms; Kim Leavers with Team Shore 4 A Cure; An­drew Tawes with Team An­drew for Gate­way Subaru; Cap­tain Wil­lie Dykes with Team Wil­lie for Gate­way Subaru; Alyssa Miller with Team Cure­saders; Ryan Snow with Team It’s a Cure Thing; Melissa Coli­gan with Team Missy’s Mojo; and Curt Kersey with Team Lym­pho­ma­ni­acs.

The 2017 cam­paign will cul­mi­nate with the Grand Fi­nale Gala to be held at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort in Cam­bridge on Satur­day, June 10.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Abi­gail Hughes, left, got her head shaved Sun­day to sup­port six-year-old Gage Kelley, of Fed­er­als­burg, who is bat­tling leukemia. Par­lor 7 & Co. Salon owner Katie Thoma­son shaved Hughes’ head dur­ing her Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety cut-a-thon Sun­day, April 2. Thoma­son’s daugh­ter Kennedy, right, shaved her head in 2016 for LLS.

Abi­gail Hughes, right, gets her head shaved Sun­day, April 2, by Par­lor 7 & Co. Salon owner Katie Thoma­son. Hughes shaved her head to sup­port six-year-old Gage Kelley, of Fed­er­als­burg, who is bat­tling leukemia.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

2017 Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore Woman of the Year can­di­date Laura Green­well, left, stands with Cap­tain Amer­ica and Par­lor 7 & Co. Salon in Denton owner Katie Thoma­son dur­ing the salon’s Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety cut-a-ton Sun­day, April 2.

Abi­gail Hughes be­fore she got her head shaved Sun­day, April 2, at Par­lor 7 & Co. Salon in sup­port of six-year-old Gage Kelley, of Fed­er­als­burg, who is bat­tling leukemia.

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