Dan Lyons of Antioch, California was walking through Clark County on Tuesday, June 1. He is on a 3,000 mile pilgrimage from Olympia Washington to Florida promoting the “Locks of Love” program. Mr. Lyons lost his daughter to Breast Cancer when she was 17 years old and knows first hand about the “Locks of Love” program where hair donors with hair 10 inches or longer can donate their hair which will be used to make wigs by those taking treatment that among the side affects is hair loss.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Lyons averages around 20 –25 miles a day and goes through a pair of New Balance tennis shoes at a rate of around a pair of shoes a state. He left Olympia Washington on February 3rd and is heading for West Palm Beach, Florida which is where the Lock’s of Love’ main office is located. Three years previously he made the trip for the American Cancer Society. He has also walked in 10 different Relay For Life’s across the United States. “He stated, “I’m just trying to get the word out about how important this program is,” stated the retired school teacher. He added, “I try to get started by 6:00 a.m. in the morning while it’s still cool. I stay in campgrounds, motels, and even fire stations. Just wherever I can stay when I have done my distance for the day. I am received very well and people have been very nice to me and very supportive of my reason for walking Last night I stayed at Indian Lakes Campground in Farmington, Iowa and the lady there saw my “Locks of Love” card. And said my daughter just got her hair cut for “Locks of Love” and we didn’t know where to send it!” So she gave it to me. That happens all the way across America. It’s just great! It’s very rewarding despite being very tough on you both physically and emotionally. I hear so very sad stories out there about loved one, which have been lost to cancer and the brave battles that are being fought. I am meeting just hundreds of people and all with stories. My own mother is a 22-year survivor.”