When Joy Jones was looking ahead to 2012 this New Year's Eve, she decided this is the year she is going to make a difference in the world.
With the support of her husband, Jaybird Jones, her friends, and Fantastic Sam's in Mooresville Town Square, Joy will shave her hair off Saturday to raise awareness of children's cancer and to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Jones lives in the Stutts Road neighborhood of Mooresville with her husband and two children, 7-year-old Kerry Hare, and 3-year-old McKinnley Jones.
She has chosen to support St. Baldrick's for their efforts to conquer children's cancer. St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to funding research for cancer cures and to helping cancer survivors live long healthy lives.
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Jones' desire to help children with cancer comes from a friendship she formed with a 21-year-old man: Hunter was diagnosed with cancer at only 15 months old.
He went through many rounds of medical treatments and was given an experimental treatment that was not covered by insurance. These treatments left Hunter's family with over $125,000 in bills. Hunter celebrates 17 years of being cancer-free on Saturday, Jones said.
Jones said that for people who know her, shaving her hair off is a big event, she said. Styling her hair is a way of expressing herself.
"It is taking a lot away from me. I do my hair every day," said Jones. "I would love for someone to shave their head with me. I don't need someone to shave their head with me. That's the whole point I wanted to make. When someone does lose their hair to cancer, they don't have a choice."
On Feb. 26, Jones was at Fantastic Sam's coloring her hair green in preparation for the St. Patrick's Day event. To show her support for people with cancer, in three weeks she will lose her hair. She wants people to realize that it is often the same scenario for people who are diagnosed with cancer.
"We're trying to let people know, hey this could happen and we don't have that choice and neither do the kids. They're the innocent ones," Jones said.
There will be numerous activities at the event and Fantastic Sam's owner Randy Wales of Mooresville said the event also marks the one-year anniversary for the salon. He said there will be food vendors and games for kids.
Fantastic Sam's is still looking for people to participate, by becoming a vendor or volunteering to help run the event or by forming a team and getting their hair shaved, Wales said.
He said the main event will be the head shaving, and he would love to see other teams signed up for that. People can get sponsorships and find others to help support their team.
"Even if you don't know have somebody close to you that has had cancer, everybody can relate to that," Wales said.
Wales said e would love to have Irish or Celtic groups participate.
So far Jones had raised $725 for her Hope team with a $500 corporate donation coming from New Dominion Bank. Fantastic Sam's would like to see $10,000 raised.
The event is noon to 5 p.m. March 17 at Fantastic Sam's in Mooresville Town Square.