More birthdays and less hair

Written by on January 3, 2012 in family, Fort Mill, SC, Kid-Friendly - 30 Comments

It all started as a way to support an almost three-year-old little girl named Libby Kern who has been living with a brain tumor on her optic nerve since she was diagnosed at 19-months-old. It continues with a community coming together; sharing their talents and resources.

Libby Kern, courtesy of

There has been a mustache growing contest, t-shirt sales (they are adorable, and still available), raffles with prizes from local businesses, and the promise of one Mark Geary to allow a donor to shave his head if he reached his goal of raising $2,000.00 for Libby and others who have cancer.

Mark has a lot of hair. His thick, lustrous, chestnut hair is one of his favorite conversation topics. He’s frankly pretty vain about it. He keeps a comb in his back pocket to run through his locks on the off chance it ever gets out of place, refuses to wear a hat even on the coldest days, and brags about his wash and go style.

And it was coming off. All of it, removed with clippers with no guard.


This is Mark with hair.

I’m kidding about Mark being an tonsorial ego maniac, of course. He’s actually an all-around nice guy who also happens to have really great hair and a heart for the cause. His own daddy is undergoing radiation treatment for the recurrence of prostate cancer right now.

A party was planned at Baxter’s Bunch Playhouse for everyone to run off some New Year’s Eve energy, and to watch Mark be shorn of crowning glory. Mark’s sister was gifted the opportunity to relieve Mark of his mane. She was giddy.

I think she's excited.

The first bit of scalp.

High fives for the audience.

This is Mark with no hair.

Any bets on how it will look when it grows back in?

Awesome, but doubtful

This post is sponsored by the “More Birthdays” campaign from the American Cancer Society.

30 Comments on "More birthdays and less hair"

  1. Paula January 3, 2012 at 10:18 am · Reply

    That’s awesome!

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 11:46 am · Reply

      Thanks, P. It was a lot of fun.

  2. Shelley January 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm · Reply

    Love the photo at the end ;)

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm · Reply

      It is my favorite thing I’ve seen in weeks.

  3. Leslie January 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm · Reply

    What a wonderful thing to do! And I must admit, he did have nice hair.

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Leslie!

  4. Kelly Kern January 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm · Reply

    As Libby’s mom, I continue to be amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support and love for Libby from our great community. Words can’t even begin to describe how thankful and blessed we feel, IN SPITE of Libby’s diagnosis. Thank you so much for sharing the love!


    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Reply

      Kelly, thanks for letting me share Libby in my own little way. I hope to meet you both in person some day soon.

  5. Mark Geary January 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    Thanks Tricia,
    It was great to get everyone together for a great cause. I would gladly do it again. Mark

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm · Reply

      Mark, you are a remarkably good sport. Thanks for being awesome. :)

  6. Rebecca Stickels January 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm · Reply


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  7. Karen Sutton January 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    Mark sacrificed his awesome locks for our granddaughter’s cause…and we love him for it. His smile is almost as big as his heart!

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm · Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Karen!

  8. Skippie January 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm · Reply

    This is hilarious!! Thanks for the write up! I must say that I love my super hubs-esp sporting a ‘stache, wearing a fro & snuggled u to a kitty!! Think we have our Christmas card photo for 2012 ;). Keeping the Kern family in our thoughts & prayers.

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm · Reply

      There are only a few people who could pull of that look, and Mark is one of them.

      Lots of love to the Kern family.

  9. Andi January 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm · Reply

    The whole Geary family was looking forward to this. We had a great time. My sons are very proud of their uncle. My 10 year old was going to offer to shave his head too. Then he realized it wasn’t going to earn any extra money. Lots of love to Libby from the TX Geary’s.

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm · Reply

      Andi, maybe next time they do an en masse head shave. ;)

      Oh, and Hook ‘em, Horns!

  10. JDaniel4's Mom January 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm · Reply

    It is so cool that he did this!

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm · Reply

      Very cool. Thanks for commenting!

  11. Ashley Taylor January 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm · Reply

    Oh my goodness, what a fantastic guy and daddy who would do something like that for someone else’s child!! I knew that Geary family was something special! That is truly giving! :) I love this post. Will be adding sweet Libby to my prayer list.

    • Tricia January 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm · Reply

      I definitely love those Gearys. Thanks for commenting, Ashley!

  12. Chris January 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm · Reply

    We were so amazed at the outpouring of love and support from one community. While it was very fun to shave my brother’s head, it was an even better feeling knowing that everything was for a wonderful cause and a remarkable little girl. Libby, we all wish you lots of love and laughter. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!

    • Tricia January 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm · Reply

      It was so great to see so many of Mark’s family members there. Thanks so much for commenting!

  13. Kevin Geary January 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm · Reply

    I am very proud of my little brother for doing this for such a great cause, all the best to Libby and her family.

    P.S. To Mark-with or without hair, I am still better looking-heh heh!

    • Tricia January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm · Reply

      I love seeing such a fun family enjoying and supporting each other. Thanks for commenting!

  14. actuary mom January 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm · Reply

    That is awesome that he shaved off that beautiful hair. It was really beautiful hair!

    • Tricia January 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm · Reply

      :) Thanks for coming by!

  15. Pam January 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm · Reply

    What a wonderful act! Love the photos.

    • Tricia January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Pam! It was a good day.

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