Cuts for a Cause
High Point University’s Hayworth Park was full of cheers as the scissors were pulled out for a good cause.
Eleven girls and one guy showed up to get their hair cut and donate their locks for the 3rd annual “Cuts for Cancer” event. The event allows anyone to donate at least eight inches of their hair to be made into wigs for cancer patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.
The event’s organizer, Emily Dunn, a junior accounting student, said that she donated her hair when she was in high school and remembered how much it meant to her when she did it.
“It was the least I could do to give students a chance to cut their hair and allow them that chance,” Dunn said. “The school helps and supports us 100 percent. Every year we have seen more people interested in the event. The girls are jumping for joy and signing up. It is encouraging to see the interest of so many young people.”
The hair that was donated will be sent to Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths program. The program is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country, according to it’s website.
Gary Liang, a senior criminal justice major, said that he wanted to help to show women are not the only people who can make a difference by donating.
“I grew my hair out to give back what I can,” Liang said. “I want to make an impact in the community and let people know that not just girls can grow hair and give it to charity. Guys or girls, no matter who it is, we can all make a difference in this world.”
Kelly McEvoy, a freshman special education major, said that the donation was a personal experience for her.
“I participated today because my cousin was diagnosed with cancer when she was a senior in high school,” McEvoy said. “She had to go through high school and college while going through chemo with no hair. I can’t imagine going through college without confidence, so I wanted to make sure that some other girl had confidence. I think it is a great cause, and if I have it I may as well not be selfish with it and give it away.”
McEvoy called her cousin to let her know that she participated in the event.
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