Student Sophia Muniz said wanted to help those stricken by hair loss through illness “because their hair can’t grow back … mine can.”
Gazing in a mirror at her new haircut she said “I love it.”
Sarah Dunaway, a Madison kindergarten teacher who joined the girls in donating hair, said “when I was younger I donated my hair a lot and as I got older I made a friend whose daughter has alopecia.”
“Plus in my life I’ve been given a lot of things. I’ve been blessed with the recoveries of my family and myself from Covid … and it seemed right to give back at this time and this was the perfect opportunity with it being done here at school,” said Dunaway.
The hair cutting and donating event is the first part of sending the hair to the national Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit organization “that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss,” according to its website.
“When a child’s hair is lost due to Cancer treatments, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, Burns, etc., the painful effects are far deeper than just cosmetic. Each year, the number of children requesting our hair replacements increases,” stated officials from the group.
Dunaway said the hair donations “makes her feel happy.”
“And if I can be a role model for them (students) about doing something to give back, then that is awesome as well.”
Photographer Nick Graham contributed to this story