Novice Rowers Donate Their Locks

May 18, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Every year numerous financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffer from long-term medical hair loss, most commonly from the disease alopecia areata. But Locks of Love looks to help those children restore their self-esteem and confidence by creating prostheses made from real hair.

It takes six to 10 ponytails to make one wig and each donation has to be at least 10 inches.

And for a few women on the crew team, donating their hair was a way to give back.

Sophomore Ashly Stone and freshmen Shannon Blacklidge, Rachael Prado and Evelyn Kelly all donated with Kelly donating her's over spring break.

'My teammates [inspired me to donate my hair],' Kelly said. 'They donated their hair first, and I had really long hair that needed to be cut. Why not do something good with it?'

'I talked to one of the other girls, and I guess she wanted to donate her hair forever to Locks of Love, but it was never long enough, and it finally grew out long enough.'

And would she donate again?

'Yes, I'm thinking of growing my hair to donate again. I'm thinking it would take me 20 years to donate enough hair to make one wig.'

More information on donating and Locks of Love is available on their website http://www.locksoflove.org.

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