Local Business Owner’s Haircut Raises Over $500 for the Hero Foundation

CREATED Aug 16, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – What started as mere fun for Adam Henige turned into over $500 for the Hero Foundation, a Michigan nonprofit organization created to raise awareness and funds towards finding an early detection method for pancreatic cancer.

Henige, a Managing Partner of East Lansing-based Netvantage Marketing and Director for the Hero Foundation, began growing his hair out in 2011, simply to see what it looked like, but his curiosity ended up sparking a fundraising idea for the nonprofit.

"As I grew my hair out my fiancée mentioned that if I grew it long enough I could donate it to Locks of Love. When I realized that I could help that organization, I realized there might be an opportunity to raise money for The Hero Foundation as well, and the idea was born," said Henige.

Henige hoped the Hero Foundation could raise $500 in three weeks. If they surpassed that amount, he would cut his hair and donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

As soon as the word got out about Henige’s proposal, the organization quickly started receiving donations, exceeding $500 in less than two weeks. Henige plans to cut his hair on Sunday at a Sola Salon Studios to donate it to Locks of Love.


The Hero Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2009. The foundation focuses on raising awareness for pancreatic cancer and funds for research. The Hero Foundation also helps families with financial struggles after a cancer diagnosis.

To learn more about the Hero Foundation, visit http://www.theherofoundation.net/.