July 25, 2016

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Erhart/York Twp. firefighter donates her hair to Locks of Love

YORK TWP. — Kristen Piatt was fine with shaving her head to raise money for cancer research.

She wasn’t happy, though, about having an audience of 18 family members, friends and fellow firefighters alternately cheering her on and teasing her.

“It’s just hair,” she said, as the clippers came close. “I will never live this down.”

Piatt, 26, a volunteer firefighter and medic for the Erhart/York Township Fire Department, bet colleagues that if they raised $3,000 by April 1 to benefit the American Cancer Society, she would get a buzz cut.

Members of the Fire Department came through, raising a little more than $3,600 by April Fool’s Day.

And Piatt’s long brown hair was donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that makes hairpieces for ailing children.

Karen Holler, owner of York Hair Design, shaved Piatt’s head Monday night while family and friends snapped photos.

Piatt is part of the Erhart Firefighters Association’s 45-member Relay for Life team, which does a number of fundraisers throughout the year.

Dan Lenarth, fire prevention officer and Relay for Life team captain, said the $3,600 goes a long way toward meeting the team’s fundraising goal of $7,500 for the year. So far, the group has raised about $4,600, he said.

Medina’s Relay for Life event will be June 8 and 9 at the Medina County Fairgrounds.

Piatt’s bet with the Fire Department wasn’t her only one. She made another with her mother.

“If I don’t cry, my mom owes me $100,” she said.

She didn’t.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

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