Colonel Richardson Middle School eighth grader Abigail Hughes shaved her head Sunday, April 2, to support a Federalsburg youth who is battling leukemia.

Hughes is collecting money to help six-year-old Gage Kelley.

“I just wanted to do something for Gage to show people out there do care about him,” Hughes said. “We are here for him.”

Hughes chose Parlor 7 & Co. Salon in Denton for the location of her haircut. Owner Katie Thomason shaved Hughes’ head, and the day of her haircut had special meaning.

Thomason, a 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore Woman of the Year candidate, hosted a cut-a-thon Sunday to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thomason raised $80,588 and finished third overall during the 2016 LLS campaign.

She is a member of Team Crafting a Cure, which is fielding Laura Greenwell as a 2017 LLS Woman of the Year candidate.

LLS of the Eastern Shore honored Thomason as the 2016 recipient of the Angela M. Bullock Citizenship Award, given to the candidate who most exemplifies the mission of the LLS in his or her campaign.

In support of her mother’s campaign, Kennedy Thomason shaved her own head in 2016. Seeing Hughes do the same for someone, brought back great memories for Katie Thomason.

“I was so excited when Abigail said she wanted to shave her head,” she said. “It makes such a statement of support to those who are battling cancer. I’m proud of Abigail.”

Kennedy Thomason said Hughes looks beautiful.

“It makes me want to do it again,” she said. “Cancer affects a lot of people, and I wanted to give them support in this special way.

“People come up to you and ask why you shaved your head, so it raises awareness for the cause,” she said. “The more people that know about others fighting with cancer, the more help we can give to them.”

The 2017 campaign will culminate with the Grand Finale Gala to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge on Saturday, June 10.

Follow Caroline/Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter @Dustin_StarDem.

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