Students, teachers aid children with medical hair loss

The holiday season is full of charitable activities, but one held Dec. 14 at the South-Western Career Academy might be considered a cut above.

Twenty-six Central Crossing High School and SWCA students and teachers participated in Donate Your Do, a project to benefit Children With Hair Loss.

The participants had at least 8 inches of their hair cut at the career academy’s Cutting Edge Salon.

The lopped locks will be donated to Children With Hair Loss, which helps children suffering with medically related hair loss.

“It’s a wonderful organization that provides children who have lost their hair with a hair piece, free of charge, every year until they turn 21,” said Central Crossing English teacher Tiffany Fuller.

More than 20 students, two Central Crossing teachers and a teacher’s daughter signed up for the event.

“It was overwhelming to see the level of support this project received from students,” said Fuller, who had her hair cut. “You know, hair can be so important to a teenager’s self-image, and some of these students have been growing their hair for such a long time.

“I imagine it’s a real sacrifice for some of them to be willing to give up their long hair for a good cause.”

The project is part of Central Crossing’s annual Do Something campaign.

Various classes and clubs plan charitable efforts between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, Fuller said.

“It’s a way for our school and our students to give something back to the community,” she said.

The Cutting Edge Salon provided the charitable haircuts at no cost to the participants.

Central Crossing sophomore Christina Nop said she decided to participate as a way to honor her late sister, Sakan, who died in August at age 32.

“She had a blood clot in her head and she went into a coma,” Nop said. “They had to shave off her hair. I’ve thought about what it’s like for people to go through that.”

Nop donated about 10 inches of her hair.

“I’m kind of known for my long hair,” she said. “This sounded like a really good cause that I wanted to help.”

Sophomore Donna Middendorf had about 9 inches of her hair shorn.

“I wasn’t sure what I would think because I’ve let my hair grow out since eighth grade” she said as she looked in a mirror at her new shorter hairdo. “I like it.”

It must be hard for someone, especially a child, to lose their hair, not by choice, but as a result of being ill or injured, Middendorf said.

“This is a really good cause to support,” she said. “It’s really not that much of a sacrifice, because I know my hair will grow back.”

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