Idaho’s First News Employee Donates His Hair To Charity
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Over ten thousand children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
That's according to cancer.org.
Ben Lyda for Idaho’s First News makes a drastic change to help those in need.
It can take many years to have long healthy hair, but many people unfortunately have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.
Many organizations have sought to help those in need.
"They usually donate to people who have cancer, and they make wigs for them for men, women, children. What they usually require is that it be between at least 8 to 10 inches long to donate, and then we package it, put your name on it, we send it in, and they send you back a thank you card saying that they received the locks and they appreciate it," explains Tara Medley, hairstylist.
Wigs made from real human hair can be so expensive that most cancer patients can't afford them.
"For most women probably, it would be a very hard thing to do to lose your hair, especially if you have very nice hair. I didn't want it to be traumatic for my grandchildren. We invited the grandchildren over one night and let them cut my hair and let them shave my hair, so they each got scissors and one at a time and cut, cut, cut. I did wear scarves and a few wigs once in a while. They are some that was loaned to me from the MISTI center over at the Magic Valley hospital. They have a beautiful, beautiful room set up there with all kinds of wigs and scarves and hats that you can borrow. You just take them when you need them and return them when you're done," says Shirlene Tranmer, cancer survivor.
One of the organizations is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which has donated 24,000 free real hair wigs to the American Society Wig Banks, which is where I'm sending mine.
“It's a very good program. When people who have no hair, it's a really marvelous thing to have actual human hair that they can cut and curl and do what they need to do to feel normal again," Medley says.
For more information on hair donations and how you can get involved, visit www.locksoflove.org/, www.wigsforkids.org/, or http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Details/beautiful-lengths-donation-requirements.aspx.