Roger Chavez has been letting his hair grow out for the past several years. Now well past shoulder-length, he has decided it's time to do something about it.

But rather than chop the hair and toss it away, Chavez has found a way to use it practically, and is organizing what he hopes will become a larger, more charitable event to benefit cancer patients who lose their hair.

Chavez and Berna Trujillo, owner of Stop & Go in Questa, are planning an event around the haircut, with the long black locks set to be donated to Locks of Love, a group that helps provide cancer patients with wigs made from real hair. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and they hope to attract other people who may be able to donate their hair or money. A barber from Johnny's Barber Shop in Taos will be there to make the official cut(s).

They will also be accepting donations throughout the event and plan to have a pool tournament to generate some additional revenue for Locks of Love. Chavez added that he will be making multiple mini ponytails all over his head and that people will be able to cut one for a donation.

"I've been wanting to get my hair grown for Locks of Love up for a long time," said Chavez, who added he chose to wait until October to cut his hair because it is Cancer Awareness month, and helping kids with cancer is something he feels compelled to do. "I know numerous people that have encountered cancer, some that survived and some have not," he said. "I think of the children that might need to go through chemotherapy."

The hope is the event will generate some additional hair and that other people will join Chavez in the cutting.

"If you want to cut your hair and you've got more than 7 inches of hair that you want to cut, donate it to Locks of Love, because there's kids out there that need wigs," he said.

"We're trying to put more information out there," said Trujillo. "I think it's a great thing that he's trying to help someone that is in need." Trujillo said she thought Locks of Love was a "great program" and hopes to see others step up to join in the cause.

The event will take place on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Stop & Go (2436 NM-522). To participate in the Locks of Love donation campaign, contact Berna Trujillo at the Stop & Go at (575) 586-0696. More information on the charity can be found at locksoflove.org.

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