Falcons donate hair to cancer charities over Winter Break

Senior Gabriel Flores

Senior Gabriel Flores

Mariela Vargas, Staff reporter

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The hair dressers’ scissors cut away as three Falcons donated their hair to different charities over the Winter Break. Senior Gabriel Flores, sophomore Katie Knight, and faculty member Joshua Leonhardt each decided to have their locks cut away.

“I knew I wanted to cut my hair but I chose to donate it because it would not only help me but it would also help someone else,” Knight said.

Sophomore Katie Knight

On January 3, 2018 Knight cut off nine inches of hair and donated the ponytail to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths Charity.

Beautiful Lengths was created for women with cancer. Since then, the charity has donated over 42,000 wigs.

“My father was pleasantly surprised. My friend hyped me up and both were proud I donated it,” Knight said.

In addition, on December 22, 2017, Flores also donated a ponytail of 13 inches to charity, Locks of Love. This charity was founded in December of 1997 by Madonna W. Coffman, who lost her hair due to alopecia. Since the fall of 2006 Locks of Love has provided 2,000 wigs for cancer patients. In addition, along with Flores’ hair his grandmother, Maria Flores, made around 50 beanies for those who do not have hair and prefer to wear a head covering.

“My parents did not like the haircut and my friends were surprised how short I had cut it. worth it, knowing I made someone who can’t grow hair like me happy,” Flores said.

Along with Flores and Knight, Leonhardt decided to cut off 10 inches in January to a charity called Children with Hair Loss, which was founded in September of the year 2000 by cosmetology instructor, Regina Villemure. They currently provide 300 hair replacement and care kits in a year.

“My family and I were all happy. It makes me feel less like Fabio,” Leonhardt said.

Faculty member Joshua Leonhardt