September 27, 2010, Catching Joy donated locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients

It was not a bad hair day. It was a great day for seven young girls and women, ages 5-40, including myself, to get their haircut and donate their locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients. Everyone encouraged and supported each other in this selfless act of giving. There were wonderful stories shared from those cutting their hair for different reasons. Two young sisters cut their hair for a little girl in their school who has lost her hair because of cancer. Another woman was cutting her hair in honor of her aunt who passed away due to cancer. Others were doing this because they wanted to help this important cause.

I cut my hair, too, and donated my 9 1/2 inch ponytail! It was a real commitment to grew out my hair, but I knew it was for a good cause. When the date of the even came, I was excited and nervous at the same time to cut it, but nothing was going to stop me from doing something that I knew made a great difference in somebody’s life. From the Pantene Beautiful website, “A real-hair wig allows a woman to look in the mirror and at least see a familiar face while she fights to regain a sense of normalcy in her life.” This act of cutting of my hair felt very empowering and I truly felt the joy of giving and helping others.

Thanks to all the women who cut their hair with me. Also, thanks to all my friends and others who have been inspired by this event and who are letting their hair grow out fot this great cause. I would love to see before and after pictures and hear your story. Send to .

Below is information about Patnene Beautiful Lengths for those interested in giving.

Go to Make the Cut to find out how you can donate your hair. Creating a real-hair wig takes approximately three to four months, and each wig requires at least six ponytails to make.

As Pantene Beautiful Lengths wigs are created, they are distributed for free through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country. Women facing cancer can find out about the availability of a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-877-227-1596. The Society can also help callers with a number of resources providing educational and emotional support.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Visit the Society’s website at www.cancer.org to learn more about its mission and activities.

September 27, 2010, Catching Joy donated locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients

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