By Ashley Rader
When Melissa Morton set out to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, she promised to donate more than money toward breast cancer research.
She promised to donate her hair.
Morton, the people department manager at the McDonald’s inside the Elizabethton Wal-Mart, said if she was able to raise $1,000, she would also shave her head, and donate the hair to be made into a wig for cancer patients.
Not only did she meet her goal, she beat it. In two weeks, Morton raised $1,110 to donate for breast cancer research.
“I have had a lot of cancer in my family,” Morton said. “I wanted to do something to encourage people to donate for cancer research. If it helps just one person, then it is worth it.”
Morton’s enthusiasm for the cause also got the restaurant’s general manager, Aaron Throckmorton, on board with the head-shaving plan.
Throckmorton agreed to shave his head as well if $1,000 was raised, and if more than $1,000, he also agreed to wear a dress to the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.
“I really didn’t think she would raise $1,000,” Throckmorton said. “I thought she would get $650, $725 something around there. This is the first time I have had my head shaved since college.”