Student shaves head to show support for boy
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.
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.
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.