Woman cuts her hair for anniversary of mom’s death

Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press
Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press

Katherine Bradford holds a picture of her and her mother, whom she will be honoring this month by cutting off about 15-20 inches of her hair at the Treasured Chests 5K/10K. Bradford’s mother died of breast cancer about 10 years ago.

ELKO — About 10 years ago, Patricia Bradford died from breast cancer. On Saturday, her daughter plans to commemorate the anniversary of her death by cutting off 15-20 inches of hair.

“This is my anniversary reminder gift to her,” said Katherine Bradford.

Bradford plans to donate her hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which makes free real-hair wigs for women with cancer.

Knowing the difficulty her mother faced of losing her hair, Bradford wants to help others.

“I wanted to give back to that same society of people,” she said.

Bradford will participate in the Treasured Chests 5K/10K hosted by Live Rude Girls, a nonprofit of which she is a member. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Afterward, Bradford will meet her hairdresser, Randi Lynn Bluemel from The Mane Salon, at the event to do the initial “hack-off.”

Patricia Bradford died on Oct. 6, 2004.

“She had battled (breast cancer) for three years, and she already was in Stage 4 when they diagnosed it,” Bradford said.

When Bradford decided to cut her hair for the 10-year anniversary of her mother’s death, the Live Rude Girls suggested she do it during the Treasured Chests 5K/10K. In the past, people have shaved their heads at the events, Bradford said.

Bradford has cut her hair short before, but said this is probably going to be the last time.Source : Elkodaily