Cancer touches so many lives, and many of us would do just about anything to help our loved ones win their fights. Thanks to hair donations, the American Cancer Society is able to provide wigs free of charge to people who are fighting cancer and have lost their hair from treatment.
A lot of people turned out Saturday for the Wig Out West Kentucky event to support a great cause.
Kate Prince has a long ponytail, but she is about to trade it in for a shorter cut.
"I walked by and I was just going to buy a pair of jeans, and deep in my heart I knew I needed to donate my hair," said Prince.
Eight inches of hair to be exact.
"I donated all my hair so that other people that don't have hair from treatments that they can have a wig and be able to have it," said Prince.
Hairstylist, Kelly Derezza is now a three year cancer survivor.
"I was diagnosed in January 2012," said Derezza.
She is cutting and styling hair to give back.
"It's so rewarding, makes me feel so good inside. I hate for anyone to have to go through this," said Derezza.
For some, it is a chance to try a new style. Baptist Health Paducah breast nurse navigator Terri Walters chose to cut her hair for her patients.
"I did it last year and I decided that I wanted to donate my hair for some of my patients that are getting chemotherapy and they need wigs," said Walters.
PJ Morrow has been growing his hair out for a year.
"There were two or three different lengths, eight different pony tails," said Morrow.
This was his choice, but the reason is simple.
"My son has Leukemia, but he's in remission, so he is doing better," said Morrow.
Snipping their locks to help benefit those who need it most.
The hair is donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene then supplies the wigs, to the American Cancer Society for free. Those wigs are free of charge to cancer patients.
Another way to help you, you can register for the Walk It Out Pink two mile run walk event. It is October 17th, starting at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20 and you get a free T-shirt. The route and event starts at the Graves County Courthouse on the front lawn. Registration can be mailed or turned into Urban Artsy.
All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.
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