A little over two years ago, Ben was in an accident that could have very well taken his life. His scalp was so mangled he had to have an extensive surgery to repair the damages. It had also broken his back giving him spinal compression fractures in his T2, 3, 4 and 5. The recovery was a long and difficult process.
After 3 months of being in the neck and back brace pictured to the left, his back had healed and he was able to resume normal life.
Ben told me he wanted to grow out his hair. When I asked him "how long?" He replied with, "long enough to donate."
After going through such a traumatic life experience, he wanted to find a way to give something to those who suffer from illnesses causing hair loss. We didn't have any money, or much time to offer up, but he did have some pretty beautiful hair!
Throughout the process of growing out his hair, he was oftentimes judged or snide remarks were made about his long hippie hair. Even when people found out he was growing it to donate, he still got strange looks. Funny how people get bent out of shape over a silly thing like a man with long hair. Despite what others said, Ben never let their comments cause him to falter or become defensive. After a year and a half long investment, Ben's hair finally reached the length needed. On Halloween night, we tied his gorgeous wavy locks into several little pony tails and one by one snipped each of them off. After which, we buzzed his head. I hate his hair buzzed, so I like to think he did it in solidarity of those who have lost their hair haha!
Ben's effort and dedication serves as a testament to me that there are good people in this world. That there is light in each of us and it's our calling to serve and uplift others in whatever capacity we can. Ben you are good. You are kind-hearted and gentle and loving - I am the luckiest woman in the world to call you mine. What a wonderful example you are to everyone.