All donations to Locks of Love are special, but a recent haircut on the Westside for the organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss was especially meaningful for the two friends involved who have both lost loved ones to cancer.
On Tuesday, Dr. Brenda Nairn, a chiropractor at The Healing Arts Center in Versailles, had at least 10 inches of hair cut off for the donation by her friend Beth Eddings, owner and stylist at Lake Salon & Spa in Laurie.
While the women's fathers worked together for years in Kansas City, it took moving to the Versailles area for them to finally meet and become friends.
Brenda's and Beth's fathers worked side by side for 10 years at a gas service company in Kansas City, Mo. The men knew each other for 30-plus years, but Brenda and Beth never met until after Harold passed away in 1999 and Beth's mom passed away in 2001 — both from heart problems.
Brenda had just moved to Versailles from the Stover area after coming there in 1991.
Beth had moved to Versailles from Stover in 1995 after coming to the Stover area in 1989 from Los Angeles where she had been living after leaving Kansas City.
At the time — 2001 — Brenda's mom was suffering from lung cancer. She would die from the disease in January 2002.
In 2005, Beth's dad passed away from melanoma that had metastasized to his brain. With their shared experiences in losing a parent to cancer, Brenda and Beth became closer friends.
Both women have also had aunts who have battled cancer as well.
They would then offer each support when their brothers each began fighting cancer last year.
Brenda's brother Warren passed away in March 2013 from kidney cancer, but Beth's brother Kenny battled esophageal cancer and survived.
Locks of Love
Brenda's recent hair cut for Locks of Love is her third donation over the years. She has donated in the past in memory of her mother and in honor of a ministerial alliance. This time was in memory of her brother.
Locks of Love is one of her preferred ways to support the battle against cancer because, she says, it feels more personal.
Beth has been cutting hair for many years and has been the scissors behind the cut in too many Locks of Love donations to count. She also cuts and styles wigs for cancer patients.
Words of advice
Having been close to cancer, Brenda advises both cancer patients and their caregivers to follow a good diet and get as much rest as you can. And don't be afraid to ask for help, she says. Brenda and Beth both say that early detection is key and remind people to get the proper screenings as recommended by their doctors.