On Thursday, October 5, classmates became hairdressers at Mount St. Charles Academy as 12 students gathered in the school’s Chapel Hall to cut their hair in support of cancer patients.
The braided locks were sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that partners with the American Cancer Society to create real-hair wigs and distribute them to women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. According to senior Marissa Kanakry, who helped bring the program to the school along with her sister, Kayla, in 2014, dozens of students have since donated at least 8 inches of their hair.
“The reason we’re doing it is they don’t make their patients pay for the wigs, it’s completely free,” she explained. “My sister used to have really long hair when she was little and used to donate it, and we brought it to Mount because a lot of the girls have long, beautiful hair. Some of the girls are donating 10 inches of their hair.”
The 12 students who donated hair included Morgan Watson, Alexandria Manousos, Ciara O’Sullivan, Macee Salley, Nonnie Komon, Andie Brothers, Emma Van Reysen, Bridget Lewis, Haley Leclerc, Lena Nguyen, Meghan Whalen and Brooke Donatelli.