The time has arrived.
Cory Simmons will finally cut his 16-inch mane and donate it to Locks of Love.
Simmons will be joined by others making a donation from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at River's Edge Bar, 6226 Ohio Ave. He will play his guitar in between getting his locks chopped off.
Almost two years ago Simmons was in Afghanistan, a long-haired, guitar-playing computer whiz on a military contract who drew stares from soldiers whose looks — and locks — were by the book.
Simmons vowed then to cut his mane when he had at least 15 inches to donate to Locks of Love. The South Florida-based nonprofit organization provides human hair prosthetics to children with chronic, severe hair loss and also synthetic hairpieces to those who lose their hair during cancer treatment.
Now home in Apollo Beach, Simmons, 51, has hair to spare, and hopes to donate at least 16 inches in memory of his brother, Lowell, who died from cancer in October 2011.
Simmons invites others in the community to join in, either by making a hair donation or chipping in cash for every inch of hair collected.
For information, call River's Edge at (813) 671-9196 or email email@example.com.