2009-05-07 / Local & State

Area Girls Donate More Than 100 Inches Of Hair To Locks Of Love

STAFF REPORT

Fourteen area girls donated more than 100 inches of hair to Locks of Love in Florida over the weekend and raised $1,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society on behalf of 9-year-old cancer survivor Lexi Richards of McConnellsburg. Fourteen area girls donated more than 100 inches of hair to Locks of Love in Florida over the weekend and raised $1,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society on behalf of 9-year-old cancer survivor Lexi Richards of McConnellsburg. Fourteen area girls donated more than 100 inches of hair to Locks of Love in Florida over the weekend and raised money to benefit the American Cancer Society on behalf of 9-yearold cancer survivor Lexi Richards.

Lexi, daughter of Ryan and Kim Richards of McConnellsburg, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the young age of three months. Neuroblastoma is defined as the most common type of extracranial solid cancer in childhood, with almost 50 percent of cases occurring in children younger than 2 years old. It is also the most common cancer in infancy, with an annual incidence of about 650 new cases per year in the nation.

On Saturday, Lexi, Jenna Richards, Haley Garlock, Kacey Hann, Emma Hann, Abby Hann, Kylie Pittman, Angel Pittman, Alexis Mellott, Jazmin Seiders, MacKenzie Harrison, Chloe Harrison, Jennifer Wright and Leah Seville had a total of 126.5 inches of hair cut compliments of beauticians with Deb Richards Beauty Salon. The hair is to be mailed to Locks of Love in Florida, and it is anticipated that each participant will receive a special thank-you and acknowledgement from the Locks of Love Board of Directors.

In addition, each girl was presented with a dog-tag necklace with an attached yellow cancer awareness ribbon from the Richards family. Each necklace was specially engraved to read "I donated my hair to Locks of Love." The participants were given a certificate stating, "For selfless dedication and support of our mission to help children suffering from long-term medical hair loss."

The girls, according to Kim Richards, collected donations and sponsorships from area businesses and residents based on a per inch basis or a flat donation. Among the businesses that sponsored the event were George S. Hann & Son, Ott Brothers, G&P Distributors, L.R. Wilson Seamless Gutter, Mechanical Insulation, Robert Snyder Agency and Richards Dairy.

The $1,000 raised through the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the Relay For Life team known as Lexi's Lifesavers and captained by Lexi herself.

"I think these girls did an amazing and huge selfless act this weekend," said Kim Richards. "It taught them that life is about helping others, and they all felt good about it. They all left with a smile on their faces. They should be very proud of themselves, I know I am."

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