Coach cuts hair to raise money for Landavazo memorial

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Lauren Landavazo's memory still walks the halls of McNiel Middle School.
"She was always laughing always joking around," said Summer Rollins, assistant principal at McNiel.  "She was always the one that lifted her friends up you know if someone was down she was there to build their spirits up.  She was a joy.  That's the easiest thing I can say."

Her teachers remember that call the Friday before Labor Day weekend.
"It just took me a while to process it all," said Cheryl Nix, Lauren's former teacher.
"Complete shock," said tennis coach Russell Henry.
"Instant shock and heartbreak," said Rollins.

Recently, the student council of McNiel went to teacher Cheryl Nix with an idea.
"This is Lauren's alma mater school," said Nix.  "The 8th grade students a lot of the faculty and other kids kind of wanted to join together and do something in her memory."
That is when they came up with the idea of a bench.

It would sit near the entrance of the school.

The plans are to make it purple.  Lauren's favorite color.  Engraved with the words she lived by, "Live, Laugh, Love." The next step was to find the funds.

"I said uh, I'll let my hair go."

In stepped in Russell Henry with an idea.
"Let the kids cut it off 10 dollars a dread," said Henry.  "I've got 120 so that's $1,200 there we can make."

With the money almost raised, Rollins hopes the message for the memorial will stay with people for years to come.
"To use Lauren's quote the live, laugh, love," said Rollins.  "If you do those things you're going to have a fulfilled life and to know that you've got to live every moment like it's your last.  Love your family, love your friends and just to keep that moment alive and to do it through Lauren's spirit and they will be able to do that every day."