Carrillo donated his long locks, grown as part of his Lipan Apache heritage, to “Locks of Love” and will help two or three youngsters with cancer who have lost their hair due to the chemotherapy they have had to endure.
Hair Dynamix owner Gloria Landreth provided the expertise and scissors to do the deed.
“We do want to keep one thin braid of Matthew’s hair for his aunt,” said his mother, Annie. Landreth skillfully braided a long strand and had Matthew’s father, J.D. Carrillo, do the honors.
Young Matthew plays sports almost all year round. He is an avid football fan and player in the Beeville Youth Football League and Beeville Little League.
When asked about finally getting his hair cut, Matthew confessed, “I am a little nervous, but I am getting older and it’s just time. My coaches even asked if I would be getting it cut this year.”
Matthew is a running back and luckily it never happened, but his long hair provided a chance to have someone grab it and pull Matthew down in a tough tackle.
“I was afraid someone would just grab it and bring him down,” said his mother.
Matthew also has had to endure the questions from other youngsters he has encountered in sports and in his life.
“Are you a girl or a boy?”
Matthew just smiles and says easily, “I am a boy,” and goes on with whatever he was doing.
Landreth said the locks would be used to make a wig or would be sold to provide additional funds for the Locks of Love organization.
“It will definitely help two or more children in need,” Landreth said. Carrillo’s hair provided three or four braids of longer than 10 inches for the organization.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.