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Omnitrans employees donate to Locks of Love

Coach Operator Marianne Rose, Dispatcher Al Mooney, and Coach Operator Linda Buckley

A few Omnitrans employees are sporting a new look at the office. Dispatcher Al Mooney and Coach Operators Marianne Rose and Linda Buckley recently took advantage of a Super Cuts special that offered free haircuts to clients who were willing to donate their hair to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The prostheses provided help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

This is the fourth time dispatcher Al Mooney has donated his signature ponytail to the charity. He also shaved his beard off to match his new look. “I do this about every 5 years. It’s a great cause and I’m happy to help make a difference.” He chuckles. “Besides, it’s always fun when I walk into the office afterwards and no one recognizes me.”

This is Linda Buckley’s first time making a donation. “It was something I’ve thought about for a while because I know a lot of people with cancer who have gone through treatments. When this opportunity came up, I knew it was a way I could help someone who really needed it.”

For cancer survivor Marianne Rose, the act holds special meaning. “My mom died of cancer. During her treatment, she received one of those wigs, and it meant so much to her. It helped her to look like old herself again, and it touched all of us to see her so happy.”

In 2009 Marianne herself was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  She went through 5 weeks of external radiation treatments followed by 42 hours of internal radiation and 5 months of chemotherapy.

“Now I am 5 years cancer free,” she smiles. “It’s a little funny, you know. When you have cancer you get extremely superstitious. You feel that as long as you don’t change anything, as long as you keep growing your hair, everything is okay. For 4 ½ years I never had a haircut. Now I’m finally realizing that I’m going to be around for a while. This is my way of celebrating and giving back what I can.”

- Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Coach Operators’ Story An Inspiration to Others

Back in February we did a story on Omnitrans coach operators Larry and Marianne Rose who have been married for more than 16 years. The post was later picked up by The Press-Enterprise and published on Valentine’s Day.

In response to the article, the Roses received a letter from Senator Bill Emmerson, congratulating them on their service with Omnitrans and their love and devotion to each other through so many years of marriage.

“We were very surprised to receive the letter,” said Marianne. “It felt amazing to be recognized in that way. Our little story has reached so many people and the feedback has been incredible.”

In the article, the Roses had talked about Marianne’s battle with uterine cancer and how she was paying it forward by talking with other cancer patients at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“My doctor saw the article and started sharing it with his other cancer patients. I told him I’d be happy to talk to anyone who might want support from someone who had been through the process,” said Marianne. “That’s been the best part of this for me–being able to help make a difference to others. I’ve even had passengers come up to me and tell me about their own battles with cancer. I’m glad to be able to be there for them.”

Marianne wanted us to assure everyone that the PET scan she had to undergo on Valentine’s day came back fine and that she is doing well. “It’s all because of Him,” she smiled, pointing upward. “And I feel very lucky to be able to keep paying it forward by helping others.”

- Juno Kughler Carlson

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