Kayden’s locks of loveMt. Pleasant pre-teen grows out hair to donate to kids with cancer
BY KARYN SPORY
Mt. Pleasant News
Two years ago, when then 10-year-old Kayden Schrader decided to grow out his hair, his dad suggested maybe he grow it for a purpose.
So he did. For two years, Kayden grew out his chestnut brown locks knowing that someday it would help a child battling cancer.
“At first I was just randomly growing out my hair and didn’t want to cut it. Then my dad showed me a picture of this one kid,” he recalled. “(The kid) was talking about how he grew out his hair and donated it (to kids with cancer) so Dad made the suggestion of me growing out my hair for that.”
On Friday, Kayden sat with his parents, Cyndthia and Chris Schrader, waiting for the hairdresser at Shear Advantage, in Mt. Pleasant, to call his name and completely change his look.
“A couple of times I’ve wanted to cut it,” he admits. “Seriously, every week I’ve been asking my dad when I can cut it.”
Kayden said when he forgets to use a detangler in his hair; it can be tough to brush through, but in the end he knows all of the tangles will be worth it.
“I’m just happy that I can cut it now and that I’ve stuck to doing this. It feels good that I’m helping someone with cancer,” he added.
Chris and Cyndthia said every time they look at their son and his long hair, they are filled with pride.
“It’s kind of mind-blowing to see a 12-year-old, at the time 10, deciding he wants to do something like that, to be so gung-ho about it,” said Chris. “We almost lost him a couple of times, but he’s got 14 inches (of hair to donate) and 12 is the required amount.”
Chris said he researched different non-profit organizations and decided Wigs for Kids would be the best one for his son to donate to.
At 4:30 p.m., Kayden’s name was called and he walked back to his stylist’s chair.
Patricia Lachmeyer, of Shear Advantage, quickly combed through Kayden’s hair remarking, “It’s so soft and silky. Someone is going to be very lucky to get this wig.”
Lachmeyer sections Kayden’s hair off, securing each bit with rubber bands.
“Just think about all the pain those little kids are going through and you’re going to be able to help them,” Lachmeyer tells Kayden after he winces when she pulls a rubber band a little too tight.
“You kind of look like Coolio,” Lachmeyer remarks once she’s done.
Throughout the process there’s jovial laughter. But after two years Kayden was ready for a new look. And so, Kayden’s mom received the honor of cutting the first section. “It’s going to be so weird,” she said. “I’m so use to seeing him with long hair.”
Chris cut the second section and within minutes, Kayden’s hair was short and styled and a child somewhere was about to have a new wig.
Despite the sometimes-tangled mess, Kayden isn’t discounting growing out his hair for a purpose again. “I might do it one more time,” he said.
And how much did Kayden’s transformation cost him? Lachmeyer said the cut and style was “on the house” as he was donating his 14 inches of hair.