Women donate inches of hair for Locks of Love

Local - 5/4/2013 6:25 PM by Karen Franklin
ANSTED - Ansted Middle School's gym was a room of nerves and emotions Saturday as donors cut 10 or more inches off their hair.

"I love it. I love it. I feel really lighter," said Denise Estep of Beckley. "I really like it."

Ansted resident, Lora Knight, also talked about chopping off her hair.

"I could see where it was shorter when she was combing it out, but when I stood up and took the cape off is when I really noticed that it wasn't on my back like it normally is," Knight told WOAY. "It was a little shocking at first, but it's OK."

After a few snips, dozens of men and women were transformed.

"I feel wonderful that it's going for a good cause," Knight said. "So that's why I was so much willing to get it shorter than I had originally planned."

The donated hair will be shipped to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children who lose their hair to illnesses.

There to support the donors were several women who know first hand what it's like to be without.

"I lost all my hair, and it's completely different than what you think it will be," said Traci Wilson, who is growing her hair back after a bone marrow transplant. "Your husband -- he's sitting there shaving your head, and it's just not a good feeling at all. You don't realize how important your hair is until you're faced with this."

Vonna McVey is a breast cancer survivor who first donated her hair before undergoing chemotherapy.

"It's a little scary because I don't know how I'm going to handle short hair, but i handled it last time," McVey said.

Men and women who made the brave decision to lose the locks walked away with a certificate and souvenir photo taken by the middle school's student council.


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