Falls City girl donates hair for cancer victims

Lacey Newland loved her long hair. However, when the 11-year-old Falls City girl discovered a young man at her church had leukemia, she wanted to do something to help.



FALLS CITY -- Lacey Newland loved her long hair.

However, when the 11-year-old Falls City girl discovered a young man at her church had leukemia, she wanted to do something to help.

So she cut off her hair.

"It was pretty traumatic," said her mother, Angie Newland. "I really love long hair but I think of the person who is going to get it for a wig," said Lacey.

"It makes me feel better."

Leukemia and cancer patients often lose their hair during chemotherapy. This can be traumatic, especially for children.

Donations like the one from Lacey help make wigs so children feel a little less uncomfortable.

Lacey's friend at Dallas Christian Fellowship is doing OK for now. His leukemia is in remission.

He probably won't be getting a wig that includes her hair. She sent her hair to the nonprofit organization Locks of Love.

The organization provides wigs for children. Lacey's friend is in his 20s. Nonetheless, her mother said, the act holds symbolic significance.

It was Lacey's way of doing something to help people everywhere.

Lacey and her mother cut off 11 inches of light brown hair. That won't be enough to make a wig, but it will certainly help. "It takes up a whole ton of ponytails to make a wig," Angie said.

She was impressed by her daughter's sacrifice. "It was awesome. It was a touching thing."

Locks of Love has provided free custom-fitted wigs to kids 18 and under since 1997. Each wig takes about four months to make.

In the past four years, more than 400 kids have gotten wigs.

Locks of Love officials say donations pour in. Most donors mail a note and a photo with their bundle of hair. Children make up more than 80 percent of the donors.

Donated hair must be:

♦ At least 10 inches long.

♦ Bundled in a pony tail or braid

♦ Free of hair damaged by chemical processing

♦ Clean and dry.

♦ Placed in a plastic bag and mailed in a padded envelope to Locks of Love, 1640 S. Congress Ave., Suite 104 Palm Springs, FL 33461.

More information about Locks of Love is available by writing to the address above or calling 561-963-1677.

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