For people who lose their hair due to cancer treatments, receiving a free wig can be the key to renewed confidence and hope. To assist the American Cancer Society effort handled through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to provide free wigs to cancer patients, members of the Redefining Beautiful Club at hosted their first-ever cut-a-thon on Saturday at school.
Twenty-plus donors on Saturday, including a few of the club's members, joined the cause by donating 8 inches of their own long hair. Area salonists from several studios provided the cutting and styling expertise: , Salon Jolie and Spa, Hair Color Experts and Hair Systems West.
Lindsey Davis, a Eureka High senior, was the first to hop into a chair to donate her reddish locks. "I've never done this before, but I've known two kids who battled cancer, so I thought it was a good idea. My parents were supportive, and I told myself: 'It's only 8 inches of hair.'"
This newly formed group of 20 female students at Eureka High are redefining the terms and persona associated with the term "beauty," and looking more within people, compared to only outward appearances. Their group focuses on increasing self-esteem through community service.
Jessica Bloomrosen, president of Redefining Beauty, said club members were very enthused about supporting the American Cancer Society by also collecting donations at the event.
Club vice president Lauren Wright said the group had planned the event during the past couple of months, securing items for the silent auction and food donations from area pastry and doughnut shops. Items included Disney-themed children's product packages, Cardinals' tickets, Speedo swim wear, hiking-related items, hair care products and gift cards from restaurants, such as .
"Donating that much hair is a big decision for people. And we very much appreciate the step they are taking," said the club's sponsor Debbie Powell, who teaches food and consumer sciences (FACS) at Eureka High.
One paraprofessional who works for the Special School District as a teacher assistant, Janet Sansone, said she had thought about donating hair before in her life. "After I saw the signs around schools about the event, I thought the mission of the Refining Beautiful club was interesting. I think it's really important to give something back," said the resident.
After her two ponytails had been snipped to donate, Sansone said: "Wow, this is unbelievable."