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Reseda students give hair for cancer patients

January 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
More than a dozen students and teachers and volunteers proved that actions speak louder than words at a local school Monday when they gave the hair off their heads for a good cause.Some Reseda Elementary School students received special haircuts Monday, a cut full of kindness.

These young girls donated their hair to Locks of Love, and they weren't alone. More than 30 students, staff and parents made the cut.

"We currently have one child, but we've had children in the past and staff members that have had cancer, and we're doing this in their honor," said Rose Marie Kubena, Reseda Elementary's principal.

It all began with Leslie and Samantha Romero, who last year donated their locks in honor of their ailing grandmother.

"We love our grandma and we wanted to do it because she had cancer. We cared about her, so we decided to donate some hair and help her out," said the Romero sisters.

This year, the sisters encouraged others to make the cut, and the response was overwhelming. Students from kindergarten to the 5th grade donated their prized ponytails, each measuring 10 inches long.

Locks of Love uses the hair to make wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer and other medical conditions.

"We all have had loved ones that have been hurt in this way, and cancer doesn't just hurt the patient. It affects whole family," said Joann Thompson, a teacher at the school.

Five stylists volunteered their time measuring, cutting and styling donors' hair.

Everyone at Reseda Elementary hopes this outpouring of love and caring becomes a new hair raising tradition.