A family affair: sisters donate to Locks of Love

By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL

OBSERVER Staff Writer

Two young sisters are trying to change the lives of cancer patients – all by getting a haircut. Sisters Molly and Natalie Kelley donated their hair to Locks of Love.

Molly, 5, donated 10 inches. This was her first haircut where “great lengths” were cut off, according to her mother, Susan Kelley.

Molly and Natalie, 8, wanted to donate their hair for several reasons, according to Susan.

They wanted to help children at St. Jude’s children hospital, to support their great aunt and for their dad’s birthday present.

“The girls just did St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon at school (seven) and saw the kids in their books,” Susan said. “We’ve been affected by cancer in the family over and over again.”

Susan’s aunt, Sylvia Mawhir, is currently battling adrenal cortical carcinoma and has lost her hair. Susan also said the girls were giving the present of short hair to their father for his birthday so he wouldn’t have to worry about doing their long hair.

Mawhir who was present when the girls cut their hair said she was surprised when Susan told her the girls’ plan.

“This is wonderful. I’m very pleased,” she said. “I know how hard it is for a child to not have hair.”

Locks of Love makes wigs out of donated hair for children under 21 who have lost their hair to a medical condition or cancer. The hair must be a minimum of 10 inches and can be permed or dyed, but not bleached. For more information on Locks of Love or donation requirements, visit www.locksoflove.org.

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