Saturday, April 20, 2002

Her hair will find a new head


Donated locks made into wigs for children

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer contributor

        MASON — A local “Goldilocks” sheared off nearly a foot of her hair in the name of charity.

[photo] Rachel Noyes shows off her newly shorn locks.
(Photo provided)
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        Rachel Noyes, 7, cut off 10 inches of her wavy blonde hair March 26 to send to Locks of Love, a non-profit Florida organization. It collects donations of hair to make wigs for needy children 18 and under who suffer from chronic hair loss.

        Rachel's mother Donna Noyes said that Rachel had never wanted to get her tresses clipped. But the Brownie troop member adamantly pursued her for months to get the cut after seeing a young girl on TV making a similar donation.

        “I almost started crying when she said she wanted to cut her hair,” said Mrs. Noyes, who has a lock of her eldest daughter's hair in a baby book. “It got to the point where she was asking me every day. But she's never looked back.”

        According to Locks of Love, it takes 10 to 15 ponytails of hair to make one wig for a child, so Rachel will not know to whom her gift is going. A quiet girl who has collected toys and food for families in need in the past, Rachel shrugged off any mention of generosity regarding her deed.

        “I'll look different but it's just my hair. It's no big deal,” said Rachel.

        “Other people out there don't have as much as you do and you should do something, so it's almost equal and fair.”

        Mrs. Noyes mailed Rachel's ponytail to the non-profit last week.

        She said Rachel's sister Annie, 4, would also like to donate.

        Most children served by Locks of Love have alopecia areata, an incurable disease of the immune system that attacks hair follicles.
       For information on Locks of Love, visit http://www.locksoflove.org
       



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