Nancy Reyer is going bald.

But it’s not due to natural causes.

The Riverhead woman has taken a dare for a good cause: raising money for Brendan House, a home for traumatic brain injury patients currently under construction in Riverhead by New Beginnings Community Center.

Reyer has pledged to shave her locks to raise $10,000 for New Beginnings, to fund the installation of cesspools at the Sound Avenue home.

2014_0731_graduation_hubbardReyer’s son, Michael Hubbard, who suffered brain damage after being severely burned by an exploding gel firepot in May 2011, will be a resident of Brendan House when the home is ready for occupancy. He has been hospitalized since the devastating accident, first at Stony Brook University Hospital, then at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester County, and currently, since June 2013, at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing Facility, awaiting completion of Brendan House.

Reyer is asking people to give her a “high five” by donating $5 to the cause.

“If we can get 2,000 people to give me a high five, we’ll raise enough money to do the cesspools,” Reyer said.

New Beginnings has set up a Go Fund Me site for the fundraising effort. Click here to visit the fundraising page.

Reyer’s radical haircut will take place on the steps of Brendan House, she said, as soon as her fundraising goal is met.


Photo captions: (Top) Lisa Pickersgill gives Nancy Reyer’s locks a trim at Robert James Salon this afternoon; (bottom) Reyer and her son Michael Hubbard at Riverhead High School graduation ceremonies in June. Photos by Denise Civiletti

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