HAZARD —One Hazard attorney created quite a “buzz” last week after he did his part to help out a local police officer who is fighting for his life.
Sam Collins, Jr., a lawyer for the law office of Deborah Lewis in Hazard, shaved his head at the intermission of a fashion show last Thursday. Collins wanted to help support his friend, Lt. Paul Campbell, who is battling stage four colon cancer.
“When I found out (about his diagnosis), I called him and asked him what I could do for him,” Collins said. “He was just joking and said that I could always shave my head to show that I supported him, because he was going to lose his hair.”
However, Collins didn’t want to stop with just a pair of clippers. He said he figured people would pay him to shave his head, so he started his own fundraiser by drawing bald heads on paper and sticking them to his office window.
“For $5, I’d write people’s names on them and stick them on the window,” he said. “And all the money goes directly to him.”
Initially, Collins said he wanted to raise $1,000 to help his friend. Once that amount was reached, he said he’d told people that he would have his head shaved. His fundraising efforts fell just short – somewhere around $860—but he said that was close enough for him to follow through with his plan.
“I’m still working toward $1,000,” Collins said. “But I came up with the idea to do it, and then, my wife, Angie, was gracious enough to support me and put up with it (having a bald head), because, you know, it’s to help him out.”
Collins said that his sister-in-law, Tammy Asher, informed him about the fashion show she was planning with her business partner, Jackie Asher, at Studio A Photography. Asher encouraged him to shave his head at the event. Collins agreed, and had his longtime barber, Vina Eversole on-hand to do the honors.
Lt. Campbell was unable to attend the event, but Collins said Campbell did call him to talk to him about it.
“He called and said that he wished he could be here and that he wanted a picture,” said Collins. “So, first thing Monday morning he can get it on the Hazard Police Department website.”
Collins said he’d only ask two things of anyone inspired by this story. One, thank a law enforcement official when you see them, and two, give money in support of Lt. Paul Campbell.
“Paul’s going to need a lot more money than we’ve raised,” Collins said. “So, if you could help him out, please do.”
Mindy Miller can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.