Reader grateful for hair-raising experience

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007

On April 2, many men, women and children in our community graciously donated their hair for the Locks of Love program. Thanks to the generosity of Signatures Hair salon, who hosted the event, we collected 45 ponytails, which totaled 540 inches of hair. Those ponytails were then sent to Locks of Love, where they will be made into wigs and provided free of charge to children going through cancer treatment or who suffer from some form of significant hair loss.

This event was planned in honor of Ericka Reynolds, a sixth-grade student at Kenai Middle School who is undergoing cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Although she may not directly benefit from the donated hair, Ericka and her family will benefit from money raised during the event.

Thanks to Carrie Hegwer, owner of Signatures Salon, and her incredible staff, Tina Taylor from Tina’s Too Salon, Traci Weisz from Stylistix Salon, and Lana Stelly from Simply Stylin, all proceeds from haircuts during the four-hour event were donated to Ericka and her family. It was a wonderful night watching so many people come and participate for such a worthy cause.

Many thanks also to our wonderful helpers, Brittany Boyes, Katie Craig, Mackenzie Magiera and Madison Cunningham, who swept up loads of hair and assisted the stylists.

Of course, this event wouldn’t have happened without the generosity of so many people -- you know who you are -- who donated their time and their hair. Such a simple thing as a haircut can touch so many people’s lives.

We often hear about what a wonderful community we live in and how we help those around us any way we can. I personally have witnessed this more times than I can count, and it truly amazes me each and every time.

Dena Cunningham

Kenai



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