Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and several others at the sheriff’s office are sporting a new look after the group gathered in a training room at the jail on Friday to raise money for a co-worker battling breast cancer.
In a story published in the Greeley Tribune on Friday, July 22, Reams offered the highest bidder the opportunity to shave his head as part of a fundraising campaign for Erin Boyd, an office tech with the office’s Professional Standards Unit.
Boyd, 34, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that required her to have a double mastectomy, as well as a type of chemotherapy that causes hair loss.
Not letting Boyd walk this journey alone, her co-workers decided to shave their heads as well. Before long, the group devised a plan to turn head-shaving into a money-making endeavor to help Boyd cover the costs of medical care not covered by insurance.
The fundraising effort initially began as an in-house project but quickly opened up to the public once Reams agreed to hop on board.
As Reams and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office put out the call for donations from the community, Stan’s Automotive answered with the winning bid. However, the donation came with one caveat: Boyd would have to do the dirty work and shave Ream’s head on their behalf.
“I just can’t believe that an office building full of men would do this for her. It is the kindest group of people, and they are here for all of us through and through,” said Lois Boyle, Boyd’s mother. “She’s one tough cookie. It hurts a lot when it’s your child; it tears your heart out. She has been an unbelievable mom and goes to work every day, even when she’s in pain from all the chemo. She’s tough, and she’s going to beat it.”
Before the big boss’ turn under the clippers, members from the office’s Professional Standards Unit kicked off the event.
Sgt. Ben Enderson and Lt. Josh Noonan plopped down in chairs as hairstylists Christina Blunt and Candie Johnson, owner of Rip & Curl Salon and Spa, 3839 John F. Kennedy Parkway, in Fort Collins, fired up their clippers.
Blunt and Johnson volunteered their time and skills to help with the event.
Once shaved, the two men vacated their chairs for the next two, and so on, until everyone wanting to show their support for Boyd had their turn.
And it wasn’t just Boyd’s male counterparts who showed their support.
Lt. Marcy Roles-Foos and Patrol Deputy Gretchen Meyers had Jones and Blunt chop off 8-10 inches of their long locks, which were donated to the nonprofit Wigs for Kids. The nonprofit collects donations of human hair to make wigs for children of all ages who have lost their hair due to issues including chemotherapy, alopecia, burns and trichotillomania, or the pulling out of one’s hair.
After having their hair sectioned off into two ponytails, Roles-Foos and Meyers insisted that Boyd do the honors and captain the scissors.
In addition to the sheriff’s office, the Eaton Police Department stepped up by donating a brand new Nintendo Switch and two games to her 9-year-old son, Jamie Boyd.
Seeing his name on the three packages, Jamie excitedly tore open the gifts after getting the OK from his mom. Holding up the games and console, he squealed with excitement and began challenging Reams, Public Information Officer Joe Moylan and others to a match.
The presents for Jamie were a welcome distraction for Boyd, who also got her head shaved on Friday.
Sitting down in the chair, Boyd looked at the crowd, took a deep breath and said, “I’m ready; let’s do it.”
As Johnson slowly pulled the clippers through her hair and Boyd’s brown locks fell to the floor, you could see the empowerment and relief fill her face. If just looking at Boyd told you anything, it was that she’s going to beat this.
After Jones made a few more passes over Boyd’s now-bald head, getting all the stray hairs, Boyd stood up, and everyone in attendance gave the brave woman a standing ovation.
Choking up, Boyd addressed her friends, family and co-workers.
“I just am so thankful for all you guys. I can’t even tell you how much this means,” she said.
And then, there was one.
As Reams assumed the position in the chair, Boyd surveyed his head, creating a plan of what she wanted his new look to be.
Many of his fellow co-workers and attendees offered their help by suggesting Boyd shave off an eyebrow or just blaze a trail right down the middle of the Sheriff’s head.
“I have a feeling this isn’t going to be good,” Reams quipped as everyone in the room roared with laughter.
After noodling over his noggin for a bit, Boyd picked up the clippers and began to create a stylish monk-themed do. However, Reams is known for his edginess so not just any boring cut would suffice. Boyd chopped two sections out in the front of his “hair halo,” leaving Reams with a jaunty little poof of hair above his forehead.
Someone from the crowd hollered that the Sheriff looked like the mayor of Whoville while another yelled out “Friar Reams,” which again caused a ruckus of laughter in the room.
All in all, Reams was a good sport. However, don’t expect to see him displaying his new ‘do around town.
“This is what I expected; it’s exactly what I expected,” he said, laughing. “I just sent my wife a picture through text, and I am sure she’s not going to be thrilled, but I can fix it tonight. No, no, this isn’t going to last. It’s going away.”
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is still accepting donations for Boyd’s medical costs.
Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the front desk of the sheriff’s headquarters, at 1950 O St., in Greeley.
Checks should be made out to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Posse. All donations are tax-deductible, and all donors will be sent a tax letter for their records.
Donations dropped off should include your name, mailing address and phone number on the outside of the envelope.
Money received will be transferred to an account set up by the sheriff’s office to help Boyd pay her medical bills.
For more information, contact Moylan at (970) 400-2809 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Training Unit Sgt. Jon Patton at (970) 400-2882 or at email@example.com.
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