BURLINGAME—Sisters Emmie and Savannah Short, of Burlingame, have already been affected by cancer in their seven and eight years, respectively. In that time, the girls decided to do something to fight back. That something was to donate their long locks to be made into wigs for other youth, under the age of 21.
“There’s a lot of cancer on both sides of the family and they heard about children who have cancer,” said Misty Short, mother of the girls. “They wanted to do something to help so they wanted to do Locks of Love.”
The family chose a salon in Lees Summit, Mo., to prepare their hair for donations, as they were already in the area volunteering at a homeless shelter.
“It was their idea,” said Short. “Afterwards, they got a pink stripe put in their hair for breast cancer awareness as well.”
There are requirements to donate hair to the cause, including no bleached (usually highlighted) hair, although other colored or permed hair is acceptable. At least 10 inches is required to be used in a hairpiece, however shorter lengths may be used to offset manufacturing costs. There is no limit to the length a person can donate for Locks of Love.
Those interested in donating hair may visit locksoflove.org for more information. Monetary donations are also accepted.