Watauga teacher cuts long locks for cancer charity



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Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

WATAUGA -- Teachers have the platform to really make an impact on his or her students, and Thursday, a Watauga teacher did just that.

Watauga Middle School teacher Tom Lane set out on his mission to help cancer survivors two years ago.

"I found out older ladies, whose hair is my color - silver or white - they have a very hard time finding wigs for themselves," Lane said.

To change that, he decided to grow out his hair, and went to approve it with the principal.

"I said, 'Absolutely! I think that will be amazing and exciting,'" said principal Shannon Houston.

Little did Lane know, one month later, his wife would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

"That's why it's so important and so personal to me," Lane said.

"It takes support," said Tom's wife, Becky Lane. "And he has absolutely been my support."

Becky is now cancer free, and living life to the fullest. This is about celebrating her husband's devotion to woman like herself.

"It's been a long time in the making," Tom Lane said as he sat down for his trim.

With a cut and a shave, his hair will soon belong to someone else.

"We have been married 39 years in December, and every day is better than the previous day," Becky Lane said. "He's fabulous."

The hair will now be sent to California to make a wig, and Mr. Lane will now spend the weekend participating in the Komen 60-mile Cancer Walk.

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