Teen donates long locks

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Will Parker of Wilsonville, a senior at Shelby County High School who graduated last Thursday, had one thing left to do before he graduated… one last promise to keep.

Parker, age 17, began growing his hair in the ninth grade for Locks of Love.

Locks of Love provide hair prosthetics for children with cancer, explained stylist Karon Johnson of Seventh Heaven hair salon in Columbiana.

According to Parker and his mother Amy Cockrell, when Parker was in the eighth grade, his grandfather, Bill Hix of Childersburg, was diagnosed with cancer.

While Hix survived his battle with cancer, Parker resolved to do something to help others.

Johnson noted that when hair is being cut for Locks of Love there is no charge. She showed off a bag full of donated hair of all types and colors destined for Locks of Love.

According to Jacquelyn Harvey, stylist at Seventh Heaven, the minimum length for Locks of Love is 10 inches. She measured Parker&8217;s hair at 12 inches.

Parker is the son of Amy Cockrell of Wilsonville.

Seventh Heaven is owned by Stephanie Phillips