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Buzzed haircuts support co-worker

Nov 14, 2012
Photo by: The Journal The Fareway co-workers who had their hair buzzed pictured from left are Ryan Waite, Mike Hochstein, Bryan Lasek, Dave Waite, Russ Woods, Andrew Waite, James Harris, Mat Smith, Lee Applegate, Justin Wagler, Scott McGuire, Andrew Vogel, and Steve Smith. Amanda Graber is pictured in the center of the front row.

Human kindness was overflowing at the Washington Fareway as one by one fellow co-workers lined up to show their support for Amanda Graber.

Amanda, also known as the "ad girl" and mom to her three girls was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September. After surgical removal of as much of the tumor as possible, Amanda has undergone seven weeks of radiation in an aggressive attempt to slow the potential growth. Thankfully, the tumor was not found to be cancerous. Monday, Nov. 12, was her final radiation treatment.

Banding together with vendors, local businesses and customers, a fundraiser was organized to help Amanda with her expenses. The produce cooler shelved silent auction items donated by vendors and local businesses. Flyers with a photo of Amanda and her girls were made to purchase and sold at the check stands. The flyers covered the windows of the store. Boxes were also added for donations at each check stand. Root beer floats were sold on the weekend and area businesses made donations. The goal was set. At $5,000, the full-time grocery men would shave their heads. At $7,500, a couple of the girls would donate their hair.

The fundraiser ended at closing time on Saturday. The funds were added up and a date was set for the "big cut." Both goals were made.

Human kindness never ceases to amaze.

In a show of support through donations, Amanda humbly accepted the funds, noting how good it would be to pay some of the bills that had piled up.

Amanda has been a Fareway employee for five years. When asked about what her co-workers did for her, she said she was "overwhelmed." She said her 16-year-old daughter has been a big help and her 10 - and 5-year-old daughters have taken everything in stride.

Store manager Dave Waite said the "big cut" was more fun than he had expected. He and others are glad they could help Amanda.

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