Sydney's locks for love

CREATED Nov 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It's been a week since my chop-of-a-lifetime for Locks of Love. Gene and Greg's cutting skills aside, it has been a great experience! My goal was really to check an item off my life's bucket list and to salute the women, and men, who have shared their stories of breast cancer with me over the last 12 years.

I had some unexpected fallout from the cut. Isn't that how it always happens? You get things flying at you in the strangest of places when it is not expected. This happened on the Honor Flight last Saturday.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Board Member Brad Hoeft pulled me aside first thing in the morning and told me he may have some pictures to show me by the end of the day. I gave him "the look". He went on to explain his daughter Sydney is in third grade. She's never cut her hair. A trim here or there, but nothing more than that. She saw the "big chop" and was moved. She was planning to donate her thick locks to Locks of Love that day.

By that afternoon, amidst the wonder of seeing our local war heroes at their memorial in Washington D.C., Brad pulled me aside again. Sydney had done it! You don't realize how much hair a little girl has until you see her photos. Man, she has me beat!

Better yet, Brad says his brave and generous daughter has plans to talk to her school friends about donating too.

Goosebumps.

Sydney, good for you. At a young age you are acting more grown-up than many people can imagine.