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Men and women in brown and blue get buzzed bald

While buzz cuts are not Fayetteville barber Sam Burch’s specialty, he got plenty of practice doing them Thursday afternoon participating in the “Go Bald or Go Home” fund raiser event on the Fayetteville Police Department back porch.

Burch was one of three hair cutters involved in the event inspired by Fayetteville Police Detective Joanna Macpherson, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for her ovarian cancer. The other participating hair cutters were Stacey Pitts and Sandra Branson.

More than $1,300 was raised in Thursday’s fund raiser, which was attended primarily by members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Fayetteville Police Department. The money will be contributed to Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

“My brothers and sisters in law enforcement really came through today,” Macpherson said. “Hopefully, the money raised today will mean an end to this disease.”

Police Lieutenant Mike Whitlow said the “Go Bald or Go Home” event was a good opportunity for colleagues to show solidarity with Macpherson, who will lose her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, as well as to raise money. Instead of waiting for her hair to fall out, Macpherson had it shaved Thursday.

“Though this is a very private battle, she decided to lose her hair on her terms and in a way that raised awareness for the disease,” Whitlow said.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.