Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Relay to offer hair cuts for kids’ wigs

Two Dawson County cosmetologists will be cutting hair to be donated to Wigs For Kids during this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dawson County.

Andrea Johnson of Lexington and Tara Hieter of Gothenburg will be at the Lexington High School track 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, June 10, during Relay For Life. Both stylists work at Shear Dimensions in Lexington and will have the equipment ready to cut and snip to help children who lose their hair.

Hieter is a cervical cancer survivor and said she is looking forward to her first Relay For Life. She was diagnosed at 18 years of age. Doctors told her she probably would never have children, however she became pregnant soon after treatment. Now she has two teenagers.

Johnson recently lost an aunt from stomach cancer and knows so many others who are fighting the disease.

While donations will be the primary goal of their time at Relay, both said they would do haircuts for a freewill donation when not busy with Wigs for Kids.

Wigs for Kids hair donation requirements:

Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches.

Hair cannot be chemically processed or colored.

Natural color or highlights that wash out are accepted.

Cannot accept gray hair.

Hair must be completely dry before mailing.

For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child’s outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should.

With an injured self-image, a child’s attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also. Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look at themselves and live their lives.

Because families are not charged for hair replacements, the organization depends on generous people who want to help donate hair for cancer and other sources of hair loss. It takes 20 to 30 ponytails or braids to create one wig.