A haircut often sends a message about style, but the “hair” message sent by the Faith Fellowship Church event held at the Nolanville Elementary School on Sunday had a deeper meaning. It was a message of hope, love and support for Nicole Adams, 28, who is battling Stage 3 and 4 brain cancer.
Before the morning service, many church members got a free haircut or wore a hat to support Adams as she undergoes a second round of radiation and chemotherapy treatment that is causing her hair to fall out.
“I’m so very thankful that the church is fighting cancer with me,” said Adams, as her eyes glistened with tears.
The Sunday service had a special meaning for Adams because her father, Pastor Stanley Allen, conducted the service. “It’s breath-taking seeing so many individuals supporting my daughter during this challenging time,” said Allen, the deputy garrison chaplain community pastor, and officer in charge of Comanche Chapel and the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.
After the church got her approval for the hair-cutting event, J.C. Schoel, a church deacon, contacted Ashley Sepulveda, manager of Knock Out Haircuts for Men in Harker Heights, who readily agreed to participate in the event.
She and an assistant gave buzz cuts to children and adults, but no one asked for his head to be shaved. “Getting a hair cut is our way of showing Nicole that we love her and she’s not alone,” said Schoel.
Diagnosed in march
Diagnosed with brain cancer again in March, Adams didn’t know how to accept it because she was in remission for about eight years, but she knew it could be managed. She had surgery in April and began radiation treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
“I complete radiation this week and start 10 days of chemotherapy, and take a one month break before starting chemotherapy for one year,” Adams said. “I still feel okay and can do my favorite activity — shopping.”
Throughout the ordeal, Tim Adams, her husband of four years, has been by his wife’s side. He was one of the first to get his hair cut. “It means a lot to us because we’re a close-knit family and it’s just another sign of the church’s support,” said Tim Adams, a sergeant assigned to U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, N.Y., Military Police Company.
A colorful Hawaiian floral hatband decorated Marcy Ng’s hat as she entered the service. “It’s a fantastic way for the church to let Nicole know that God is always faithful,” Ng said.
Sandee Payne bought a new straw hat for the occasion. “I think it helps with the healing process to know that you’re surrounded by people that are praying for you,” Payne said.