Ponytail Drive Raises Hair Donations for Cancer Victims

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From left, Elissa Simpson, Isabel Freisitzer, Scout Colomes, Lydia Garner, Maeve Winter and Greta Bollmeier
From left, Elissa Simpson, Isabel Freisitzer, Scout Colomes, Lydia Garner, Maeve Winter and Greta Bollmeier

More than 30 people donated hair to provide wigs for cancer sufferers at an event held at Western Albemarle High School Oct. 5. To be useful for wigs, each person had to sacrifice at least eight inches of hair. Some donors had been growing their hair out for this purpose.

Western students Cara O’Connor and Clare Paxton organized the ponytail drive to be part of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign, which is sponsored in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Two local cancer sufferers told the hair donors how much wigs had helped them to feel normal while undergoing cancer treatments that caused their hair to fall out.

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