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Garlets get into hairy situation to help those battling cancer via Locks of Love

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Garlets get into hairy situation to help those battling cancer via Locks of Love

Steve Garlets, left, with his wife Alice, son Brad, daughter-in-law Jacqueline and grandson Alex, 12, just before they got their hair cut after growing it out for two years.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED March 12, 2009 4:33 a.m.
My wife, son, daughter-in-law, grandson and myself have been growing our hair out for almost two years. We decided to do this for a couple of reasons.

My son and I are avid A’s fans and one of our favorite players was Nick Swisher. He started growing his hair out for his grandmother who had cancer and was losing her hair. My son and I thought that would be a very noble cause, so we started growing ours out as well. This was back in June or July of 2007. Since then our wives have gotten on board as well as my 11-year-old grandson at the time. My youngest daughter had hers cut and donated two months ago.

When we started our hairy task, we thought nothing of it. Then we got some news that no one wants to hear, a family member, (my aunt) was diagnosed with cancer. So we decided at that point that we were doing it for her. She got great news a year later and found out that she was cancer free; we were relieved. We thought about cutting our hair at that point and then we got more news that my step-mom was diagnosed with cancer. She has also become cancer free. We have been blessed once again. We have continued our quest to grow our hair out.

I work for the Manteca Unified School District and my son teaches at Manteca High School. Since we started this quest, we have been made fun of a few times but mostly have gotten nothing but praise for our sacrifices. I say sacrifices since I usually keep my hair at 1/8th of an inch in length. It has been a struggle for us as “guys” who now have a greater appreciation for the women and girls who keep their hair long and beautiful. We have gained a much greater appreciation in the fact cancer awareness hits anyone and shows no prejudice.

 I have come in contact with many people within our school district and a lot of them have been inspired to do the same by growing and donating their hair. I am sending this to you so that maybe you can run a story to let people know that we need to do what we can to help those in need. If it means growing your hair out for someone else, then I am grateful for the opportunity to help another.
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