BATAVIA – Those who walk into the Hobby Lobby store in Batavia might notice that Hobby Lobby employee Patty Smith is sporting a close-cropped haircut these days.
She’s not trying make a fashion statement.
The Sugar Grove resident had her head shaved last week at Foltos Tonsorial Parlor in Batavia, in support of Hobby Lobby co-worker Sue Jacobsen, 42, who is on leave from her job after
she was diagnosed this summer with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.
“She probably is one of the nicest people,” Smith said. “She’s never had a bad word to say about anybody.”
Jacobsen, who has worked at the Batavia Hobby Lobby for 11 years, had been losing her hair because of the chemotherapy she has been receiving to treat her cancer. Smith is getting used to her new look.
“It will grow back,” Smith said. “It’s just hair.”
Other Batavia Hobby Lobby co-workers also are sporting close-cropped haircuts to support Jacobsen. They also are organizing a benefit for her to help with Jacobsen’s medical bills.
The benefit, which will feature a silent auction, raffles, a DJ and food and drinks, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Phoenix Club, 515 Phoenix Court, Aurora. There is a suggested donation of $10.
Jacobsen is heartened about the support she has received.
“It amazes me what everybody has been doing,” she said. “I have good co-workers.”
She is hopeful about her health after doctors in August removed a 18-centimeter cancerous tumor from her abdomen.
“They got 95 percent of the cancer when they did the surgery,” Jacobsen said. “They will do a scan to see what the chemotherapy has done.”
And she hopes to return to her job at Hobby Lobby soon.
“I’m getting my strength up,” Jacobsen said. “I’m hoping to get back there.”
On the Web
A benefit for Sue Jacobsen, a Batavia Hobby Lobby employee who is battling cancer, is set for 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Phoenix Club, 515 Phoenix Court, Aurora. There is a suggested donation of $10. For information, visit the event’s Facebook page, named “Benefit for Sue Jacobsen.”