MIAMI – His thick, long luxurious curls are gone now revealing a high and tight buzz cut. Job Rendel, 19, underwent an obvious and shocking physical transformation this week as he begins a new chapter of his life in the U.S. Navy.

His shorn head is a sign of his commitment to military service, but Rendel also used the opportunity to help a child by donating his hair to Wigs For Kids.

"I'm happy that my hair will be donated to a child to help them feel better about themselves while they are struggling with their own illness and I hope their new wig will give them a real boost, "Rendel said.

Wigs for Kids provides hair replacement and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns, and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

“The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child’s outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should. With an injured self-image, a child’s attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also,” Wigs For Kids website states in their mission statement. “Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look themselves and live their lives. Because we never charge families for hair replacements, we depend on generous people like you that want to help donate hair for cancer and other sources of hair loss. In order to help children who have suffered from hair loss due to complications such as Alopecia in children and other medical issues, a monetary or hair donation is always appreciated.”

More information about Wigs For Kids can be found at the website,

Rendel graduated from Baxter Springs High School in May of 2018. He also graduated from Coffeyville Community College with his ASE Certification in Auto Mechanics in May 2018.

Rendel is leaving for Navy Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois on October 11. He will then go on to his "A-School" in Port Hueneme, California to become a Construction Mechanic for the Seabees Batallion of the US Navy. His Navy Recruiter is Petty Officer Daniel Luebbert.

Luebbert can be reached at 417-626-2308 and more information can be found at

Rendel is the grandson of Sue Rendel, Army Veteran Jerry Wyrick, of Miami, and the late Youvett Wyrick, and Air Force Veteran Mark Rendel, all of Miami.

His parents are Navy Veteran Brent Rendel and Jera Rendel of Miami.

His cousin Courtney Rendel, is a Salon Leader at Smart Style in Miami and helped Job cut his long locks for the donation.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.