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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - To say that Ken Miller was dreading Monday is an understatement.

"This is your last chance. Do you want to back out?" asks Patrick Clark. "Yeah I wanna back out," laughs Ken Miller.

But Miller is moving on from his mane and with reason. "I told myself I wouldn't cut off my hair until I graduate from college," says Miller.  "So I graduate Saturday."

He'll get his bachelor`s degree in healthcare management from Harris Stowe.

"For a person to work full time and then go to school full time, this is a very good accomplishment and I'm very proud of him," says Ken's Mom Sandra Miller.

For nine years his dreads have helped define this transporter at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Monday his co-workers lined up to lop off some strands.

"I paid my five dollars and was going to make sure we had fun and help Kenny achieve his goal as well," says Rich Liekweg the President of Barnes Jewish Hospital.

With 80 dreads on his head, co-workers contributed more than $400 to the cutting of Ken`s coiffure.
The proceeds will benefit the St. Louis Heartwalk, and Ken`s wife welcomes the new do.

'It's just a whole lot of hair, whole lot of work keeping it together is just a lot,' says Natashia Miller.  'I'm proud of him and I'm glad he's doing it'

And was there a shock from this Sampson once he lost most of his locks?

'No regrets, no regrets,' says Miller sitting in a chair getting a strand of hair cut off by a co-worker.  'Everybody had a good time and we raised some money. It was worth it.'

After all, hair today, gone tomorrow.
Patrick Clark, News 11.