|Centre students go through hair-erasing experience
for good cause
RELEASED: June 18, 2001
DANVILLE, KYSome Centre College students and recent graduates have had the clippers taken to them recently. But they've shed their locks not because it's summer and time to cool down or because mom or dad said so, but out of love.
Sophomore Anne Kiernan and recent graduates Audra Cain and Jimmy Owens are sporting shorter hairdos after donating their hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the U.S. under the age of 18 who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.
The donated hair is used to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses provided by the organization are used to help restore self-esteem and confidence to the children. They are provided at no cost to the children. Wigs made of human hair usually cost thousands of dollars.
The Centre students learned of the organization through friends and from volunteering in other organizations where they heard of the program. "It's just hair," said Cain, a Louisville native who recently earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and drama.
"It's a good cause. I had spent time with campers that had lost their hair."
Cain and her family for years have volunteered at Indian Summer Camp, a week-long outing near Bagdad, Ky., for children with cancer.
Owens, of Walton, Ky., graduated this spring with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and religion. Kiernan plans to major in art at Centre and attended Marion County High School in Lebanon, Ky.
Cain's donation to Locks of Love was recently featured in the Courier-Journal while Kiernan's story was published in the Lebanon Enterprise. To learn more about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.
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