20-year-old Holdenite buzzes her hair for cancer – The Landmark


Jordan Walker after participation in The One Mission Buzz Off. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

For the second year in a row, Jordan Walker is sporting a bald head and she’s doing it for a cause: The One Mission Buzz Off. On June 4, Walker , a Holden resident, “buzzed it all off” at the event which shows support and raises money to fund programs and services that make life brighter for kids fighting cancer and their families. Whether it is throwing a birthday party in the hospital, buying a stuffed animal for a child in need of a smile, or helping a family pay for hospital parking, the money provides comfort, said Walker.

Last year when she signed up, Walker decided to make the event “her thing,” she said. After going on multiple mission trips to Guatemala with her family in high school, the 20-year-old and soon to be sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology wanted to find a way to continue helping others.

“I knew right away I had to do this,” said Walker of the Buzz Off. “Obviously it provides financial support but it is also physical support… losing your hair isn’t losing yourself, it is just hair. It is just so liberating — it is just you being more of yourself without anything to hide behind.”

She was planning on waiting to let her hair grow out longer before she participated in the Buzz Off again, but one of her close friends was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“When she found out she was going to lose her hair she said ‘I am going to need someone to be bald with,’” Walker said of her friend. Walker then willingly stepped up to the plate.

Whether it’s going on a mission trip, shaving your head for a cause, or even just holding the door for someone, said Walker, her experiences helping others have been life-changing. “It makes your life better and other people’s lives better.”

Walker is accepting donations on her Buzz Off page, onemissionbuzzoff.org/jordanwalker, until July 31.