Hundreds came to participate in Levittown’s first annual Cut for a Cause event. The event, which took place in Nassau Country on Long Island, lasted over the course of two school days, June 12th and 15th, where students, staff and family members were invited to donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. After it was all done, over 500 participants donated hair for the cause.
“Students were announcing to their classes why they donated, whether it be for a family member or just for the cause. It was inspirational!” shared Danielle Luke, who was at the events, “Each of our 10 schools in the district participated in some way. Everyone was invited to bring along a haircutter, someone who was special to them in some way. It was a very liberating event!”
Thank you Levittown for this amazing donation!
Thank you, Charlotte for your incredibly kind donation to
Pantene Beautiful Lengths!
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) colleagues Nerissa Casanova, Amber Miller and Jacklyn Massrock donated a total of 36.5 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths after discovering how the program is helping women who have lost their hair to cancer treatments.
“I first started donating my hair when my daughter was young for two reasons: to honor my mother, family and friends that have survived cancer and to teach my daughter that you can impact someone’s life with one simple gesture,” said Nerissa Casanova.
For BKS-Partners colleagues, donating their hair was an easy way to make a real difference in someone’s life, and they plan on continuing to donate for years to come.
“I want to give someone the gift of hope, comfort and peace of mind. One day when they’re cancer-free, they’ll look back knowing they’ve been supported all along,” said Amber Miller.
Thank you to Nerissa Casanova, Amber Miller and Jacklyn Massrock for your incredibly kind donations to Pantene Beautiful Lengths!
For 8-year-old Avery Saba of Pittsburgh, the decision to donate nine inches of her hair was an easy one. “I want to help people who have cancer,” the active, hockey-playing third grader said. Avery was just eight days away from her second birthday, when her mother, Shelly, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2008. Although her memory of Shelly’s treatment is vague, photos of her mother’s subsequent hair loss as she underwent a summer of chemotherapy remained with her. After over a year without a haircut, Avery finally had enough to donate and went to the hairdresser over her Christmas break.
“The only bad thing is that now my mom can’t see me on the hockey ice,” said Avery referring to her trademark ponytail that no longer peeks out the back of her helmet. “But that’s OK, I think I kind of like my hair shorter.”
Thank you, Avery, for your incredibly kind donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths!
It all starts with an Executive Dean on the around the world voyage on the Semester at Sea program for Fall 2014. 650 amazing, intelligent and compassionate college students heard her story of being a stage three breast cancer survivor and losing all her hair from chemotherapy. They also knew that her son and daughter, who were on the ship with her as a student and a lifelong learner, had grown their hair for four years so that they could donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
In November, 150 students on the Semester at Sea Fall 2014 voyage shaved their heads, and 13 of them had hair long enough to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. These students all demonstrated a commitment to caring for others through self-sacrifice. These are the wonderful students who donated.
Kei Lin Chang
Written by Peggy Campbell-Rush.
Donel recently cut and donated her hair for a second time to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. On the day of her donation, her five-year-old daughter Lydia was so inspired by her mother’s kindness that she decided to also donate her hair to the Beautiful Lengths program. Lydia is loving her new short ‘do and is happy that her hair is going to a woman in need.
Thank you both for your support of Pantene Beautiful Lengths!
Erica’s mother was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer on April 1st. A few weeks later, she went to pick out her wig. Erica had very long hair and knew that she wanted to donate, as she had done so in the past. Erica promised her parents that she was going to donate her hair right before moving from Florida to Georgia in June.
On June 2nd, Erica experienced an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), and needed brain surgery. She remembers telling her neurosurgeon that she wanted to donate her hair and asked if he could save as much as he could. Erica had her craniotomy on June 18th, which happened to be the day before she was supposed to move.
Erica’s neurosurgeon was able to keep most of her hair, and Erica was able to travel back to Florida and donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Erica thanks Beautiful Lengths for “the opportunity to let me help brighten someone’s day.”
Thank you, Erica, for your incredibly kind donation!