Help Connor honour his father
Connor Stout hasn’t had a haircut for more than a year.
His goal is to donate ten inches of his hair to wig charity Locks of Love.
The nine-year-old also created a St Baldrick’s Day event at his school, Harrington Sound Primary.
“I’m doing this because of my dad,” Connor said of his father, Craig Stout. “He had cancer and he died right after Christmas.”
Doctors diagnosed stage 4 diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in April.
Connor was able to spend Christmas with his father in Massachusetts before he died on December 28. So far, he has raised $3,370 for his “double-donation” — all monies will go towards childhood cancer research.
He got the idea after seeing his friend participate in St Baldrick’s Day. PowerGirl Trina (Patrina O’Connor-Paynter) will MC at Harrington Sound Primary School’s shave on Friday; Brotha Richie (Lynwood Richardson) will DJ.
The five participating students will have their heads shaved on stage.
The whole school will be there to support.
Connor can’t wait to have his hair cut. The P5 student likes skateboarding, snorkelling and surfing and long hair is a bother for someone so active. He’s always flicking it out of his face.
“When I come out of the water it always gets in my face,” he said. “There are a lot more difficulties, but that’s one of mine. I love to swim.
“Another difficulty is when you wash your hair you have to put a lot of conditioner in.
“Sometimes I forget to do the back of my hair and then it’s a struggle to get the knots out.”
The worst thing about having long hair? Lice. Connor suffered the infestation in January.
He won’t shave it off completely. He’s aiming for a crew cut — the shortest he’s ever worn his hair.
His mother, Laura Martin-Stout, described Connor as “very special”.
The pair are still trying to draw in more participants to get a trim or make a donation towards Friday’s event, which starts at 2pm.
“Statistics show that every two seconds a child is diagnosed with cancer,” she said. “We’re looking to raise $5,000, so there’s still some time left.”
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