Woman shaves head for a cause

PARKERSBURG – A local woman shaved her head on Friday to celebrate raising $1,000 for her Relay for Life team.

The annual Relay for Life begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Parkersburg City Park.

Kaitlyn DeMetro, 22, of Parkersburg made a bargain with her friends and colleagues in the weeks leading up to the Friday Relay for Life: Raise $1,000 for the team to donate to the American Cancer Society and she would shave her head.

Last Friday, DeMetro put her promise where the money was. Even though the team had raised only $500 of its $1,000 goal on Thursday evening, DeMetro decided to fulfill her bargain anyway.

“I was going to cut it anyway no matter how much we made,” DeMetro said.

When DeMetro’s employers at David Huffman Law Services learned of her decision, they donated the remaining $500, taking her Relay for Life team to its $1,000 goal before the head shaving, DeMetro said.

DeMetro and her sister, Heather DeMetro, started their Relay for Life team, Notorious C.U.R.E., last year after their father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Kaitlyn DeMetro said. Although their father is now cancer-free, they decided to organize their team again this year, she said.

This year’s team features more than 17 people, DeMetro said.

Last year, the team raised $600, which prompted DeMetro to set such a lofty goal this year, she said.

“I’m not sure where I got the idea to shave my head,” DeMetro said. “I just figured I would cut my hair, but that’s kind of boring. But people would pay to see me bald.”

The Notorious C.U.R.E. is still accepting Relay for Life donations and will be selling items at the Relay for Life as well, DeMetro said.

DeMetro donated her hair to Locks of Love, an organization which takes donations of hair in bundles or braids at least 10 inches long and turns them into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, she said.

“I knew about Locks of Love from when they used to come in to our school and kids would cut their hair,” DeMetro said.

DeMetro said her head has been cold since she shaved it, but she bought scarves to wear over her head.

“Everyone really likes it,” DeMetro said. “They keep coming up to me and touching my head.”

DeMetro plans to keep her head shaved throughout the summer, she said.