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Locks of Love

August 14, 2005

I thinking about donating my hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that uses donated hair to create natural-looking wigs for kids who've lost their hair due to cancer treatments or other medical problems. The minimum hair donation is ten inches: I just measured my hair and realize that would leave me with hair to my ears - yikes! I'm not quite ready to part with the luscious long locks just yet... but I know that when I get my hair hacked off (and believe me, that day will come), I'd like to donate it.

Has anyone ever done this? Know anything about the organization? Want to make a pact to donate with me? I have a hairstylist friend who offers free (& fantastic!) hair cuts to anyone donating to Locks of Love. Anyone game???

Moira at 12:08 PM :: Comments (5) :: ::
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If I had 10 inches of hair, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I have donated my hair before, as has my mother. It's truely wonderful to do when you have a relative that had cancer.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at August 14, 2005 07:56 PM

I'd most definitely be game, but I want to wait awhile first. I've always wanted to donate my hair, but like you, I'm not quite ready to part with it (plus it isn't long enough yet).

A woman I work with had cancer and lost most of her hair to chemo. She wears a REALLY nice wig that I swear I thought was her real hair until she told me otherwise. I can't believe what an amazing job wig makers do with people's donations!

Oh, and Moira, I'm glad you had a fun, safe trip! I've been reading your blog, but I never commented because all my comments would pretty much be along the lines of, "Wow, that's awesome!" or "Cool, wish I was there!" :-)

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at August 16, 2005 12:18 AM

Just make sure you don't use the money to buy a watch chain as a Christmas present for your husband. (See the O. Henry short story "The Gift of the Magi" and prepare to go "Awwww!")http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at August 16, 2005 12:51 AM

Lou - How cool that you've already done this! Yes, my uncle is battling with cancer now - who hasn't been personally acquainted with someone who has cancer? I just figured it would give me a reason to keep growing my hair. :c)

Valerie - Sweet! Thanks for reading! Maybe we'll both be ready to donate at the same time. :c)

Dr. J - Don't worry, I don't think they pay you for your hair! I remember that story though... woo! ;c)

Posted by: moira at August 16, 2005 06:54 PM

Moira,

It's my personal belief that everyone in this world, regardless of personal standards or whatnot, should donate something. 9 times out of 10, when my clothes no longer fit--my mother usually takes them as "play clothes" (that's donating in my opinion) or we take them to the Salvation Army.

Donating things takes little to no energy. Just time, and patiences. I want to say, that thank you for taking time to write this blog entry, and remind me of that.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at August 17, 2005 09:42 PM
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