HAIR GOES TO HELP KIDS

May 02, 2001 12:00 am
FROM WAIST-LONG HAIR TTO BUZZ CUT: Lori Lucas of La Grande, a corrections deputy at the Union County jail, gets her hair cut by Lanae Clements of The Perfect Look during this year's Crop-a-Cop fund-raiser for the young cancer patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. (The Observer/PHIL BULLOCK).
FROM WAIST-LONG HAIR TTO BUZZ CUT: Lori Lucas of La Grande, a corrections deputy at the Union County jail, gets her hair cut by Lanae Clements of The Perfect Look during this year's Crop-a-Cop fund-raiser for the young cancer patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. (The Observer/PHIL BULLOCK).

By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

The buzz of a shaver was, at times, the only sound echoing in The Perfect Look at midday Tuesday.

At other times, joking voices filled the room.

It was weird, but hair will grow back, Lori Lucas of La Grande said this morning.

Lucas, a corrections deputy at the Union County jail, was one of 10 law enforcement officers to participate in this years Crop-a-Cop fund-raiser for the young cancer patients at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.

Lucas, formerly with long, straight hair nearly to her waist, was the only woman participating locally.

Steve Oliver (the sheriff) asked me about a month ago, she says. I wavered a bit.

But when The Day came, Lucas stepped up to the chair and the hair fell. She hopes to be able to donate her hair to a program that makes wigs for cancer patients.

And she hopes her hair is worth something in donations.

Lucas wasnt able to solicit donations to the degree she had hoped, and by the time of the haircut had raised about $300.

But its not too late to donate, she added. Im still looking for donations, she said.

Any law enforcement officer, the sheriffs office, the police station or the Oregon State Police office can be contacted by those who would still like to donate to the childrens hospital in Portland through the Crop-a-Cop program.

Sheriff Oliver has had his hair and mustache shaved off each of the past two years, but has usually had to go to the west side for the shaving ceremony. This year, officers were able to say farewell to their growths at local salons.

In Union County, 11 took the plunge Tuesday, and received support in the form of another corrections deputy shearing his locks last night.

Joining Lucas and Oliver in the buzz-style fest were La Grande Police Chief John Courtney, corrections deputy Clay Thurston, Union Police Officer Tony Humphreys, OSP Trooper Larry Purdy, OSP Sgt. Scott Moore, sheriffs reserve road deputies Steve Craig, Paul Freels and Jay Scheresky and sheriffs deputy Jim Hubbell. Lucas said corrections deputy Bill Miller came to work today with his head shaved in support of her.

Lucas was satisfied with the fund-raiser but is looking forward to having longer hair.

It seemed like a lot of people were there, she said, but the most telling comment came from her oldest daughter, who hadnt seen her mothers hair short in the past 10 years.

My kids were a little shocked, but my oldest daughter told me she was proud of me.

Im glad I did it; it was for a good reason.

Lucas, though, said she probably wont do it again. Im looking forward to the growing-out process.

Coming in to her job early today, Lucas discovered one benefit of her experience.

It only takes a few minutes now to shower and get ready for work.