Dedicated Donation

Rider growing his hair for a cause

Evan Darling of Gloversville is pictured Saturday at a Monster Energy Motocross event at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — While shopping with his family, Evan Darling noticed a woman in the store who had no hair and he curiously asked his parents why.

They explained that it was probably due to having a cancer treatment that causes hair loss.

He decided then that he wanted to do something to help out, so he started letting his hair grow so it could be used for a wig for people who need it.

Five years later, his dedication will pay off as the eight-year-old motocross racer out of Gloversville is close to donating his hair, which has grown to almost to his waist, to help either the Wigs for Kids or Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

“When he saw her in the store, he was the one who wanted to do this and we have supported it,” said Evan’s father Jim. “It is close to 24 inches now and we have been working with Pam Bray from the Doll House to make sure it will be good when she cuts it for the donation.”

Evan has also recruited his brothers Eian and Bentley for the cause and they have also grown their hair to the length necessary for donation.

“We are proud of them, but when they do get their haircuts for the donation, it will seem odd because it has been a long time since I have seen them with short hair,” Jim Darling laughed.