East Elementary student Eli Hardshaw, 12, spent three years growing out his hair for Locks of Love in honor of his grandmother and kept the reason secret from his classmates the entire time. Amanda Matlock / Times-Post
Pendleton - Asixth-grader at East Elementary School who secretly grew out his hair for three years got the big chop just in time for summer in the hopes of helping make wigs for cancer patients.
Eli Hardshaw, 12, was awarded the Principal’s Award for Selfless Act of Bravery and Compassion for his efforts during his sixth-grade graduation Thursday, May 29.
While he kept his plans secret from other students, he said his family and teachers have been aware of what he was doing for a long time.
“Three years ago I decided to grow out my hair for Locks of Love,” Hardshaw said. “My grandmother had cancer and lost her hair during chemo, and I wanted to do something for her. She was my motivation.”
With his hair at least 10 inches shorter, Hardshaw said the new cut “feels different,” but that he was glad to finally have it cut.
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