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School Kids Donate Hair For Cancer Patients

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 4, 2012

The hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

Stylists will be cutting a minimum of 8 inches of hair from kids in grades K-through-6…along with some adults.    

Kristen Kinter is one of the organizers. She has a third grade daughter who will be donating hair. Kinter says it's a good teaching moment for the kids.  

"It's a sensitive subject and we do have parents at the school who have undergone cancer treatment. But we have an American Cancer Society representative coming out to talk to the kids while they're getting their hair cut. The kids are really excited about it. My daughter has always wanted to get involved in charity. But you have to be 12 years old to do most charitable work. So this was a great way that they're not limited by age to give back."  

Kinter says the kids will also hear first-hand accounts of life with cancer from a woman whose husband is recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma…  

"…how difficult it is for cancer patients when they do lose their hair or different affects that chemotherapy has - she'll be speaking about that while the stylists are cutting hair. We'll have music going, we're going to have lots of little facts to give to the kids because the whole school will be out there watching these parents and kids and our librarian get their hair cut."

The hair will be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths…a campaign that offers free wigs to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good Feel Better" program.

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