Meet The Sweet Boston Girls Donating 8 Inches Of Hair To Cancer Patients
Last year, 5 girls from elementary schools in Needham, Massachusetts participated in Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign by donating several inches of their hair to create wigs for people fighting cancer. Apparently, that group of students totally inspired their peers—this year, there were 32 participants!
Dozens of girls from St. Joseph Elementary School and Monsignor Haddad Middle School have volunteered to cut off at least 8 inches of their hair at local salons. Those salons also gave to the campaign, by bunching and cutting the girls' hair for free. For children and women with cancer, wigs can offer a sense of normalcy after the intense experience of chemotherapy and the loss of hair.
What's more, the girls' efforts helped bring awareness to the campaign, so much so that the boys at their schools launched a fundraising effort that has brought in an incredible $25,000. And, boys being boys, some apparently want to join the haircut fun, and plan to shave their heads in solidarity.
One young student who donated her hair had a message for everyone participating: "You should be proud of yourself, and what you've done to all the little kids and people in the world." And as her proud mom said, "we hope this will continue, as long as their hair continues to grow!"