Chuck Evert grew his hair during the pandemic and will now cut his locks as part of a fundraiser for Rett Syndrome research.
FARIBAULT, Minn. (FOX 9) – Chuck Evert has been growing his hair for 14 months. While joking that it is primarily about teasing his wife, he adds that forced closings due to the pandemic have also played a role.
His long hair has allowed him to transform himself into some of the best in pop culture, including Chuck “Doc Brown” Evert, who resembles the fictional character from the “Back to the Future” series, and “Chuck The Sequel Evert” – a Piece from the movie “Dumb and Dumber.”
Faribault’s father’s funny haircuts help raise money for the children’s hospital
A Faribault dad’s fun haircuts are more than just a way to break the pandemic blues. He used his hair to raise money for Gillette Children’s Hospital.
His family and friends are fed up with the longer hair, but Evert says he didn’t want to cut it off for nothing.
“It was my wife’s idea,” he told FOX 9. “I told her the stuff had to go because it was getting warm. She said, ‘Maybe we should do a fundraiser.'”
Now he’s raising money in honor of his daughter, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at the age of two. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects a child’s development. It affects 1 in 10,000 women and is even less common in men, according to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
“There are roughly 8,000 cases in the United States,” Evert wrote online for the fundraiser called Chucks Cut For Rett. “The gene in question plays a key role in the development of babies. If this gene cannot function properly, the child will not be able to reach their milestones. This means that my daughter is non-verbal, has no specific hand skills, and cannot be helped can go.”
The money raised will go to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul – a very special hospital for the Everts.
“You’re a big part of our family,” said Evert. “It’s like a family reunion instead of going to the doctor.”
When the Everts daughter was diagnosed in 2000, Evert said the only clinic in the United States that specializes in Rett Syndrome is Baylor University in Texas. Today it is known as the only one of 14 hospitals operated by the Right Syndrome Foundation.
“Gillette is a center of excellence for Rett Syndrome. You have been here our entire trip since our daughter is now 23,” he said.
Evert told his family that if he raised $ 2,000 he would cut his hair. The word got around and he raised four times that amount and now has more than $ 8,600 to donate to the hospital.
And while he loses what he calls the “man bun,” he gains so much more for research for children like his daughter.
“I can’t say enough about the people who supported us,” said Evert emotionally. “It’s pretty cool.”
The big haircut is on July 1st at 6:15 p.m. You can watch it live on Facebook.