Students, teachers donate hair

Published: February 16, 2006 | 3544th good news item since 2003

An expression of love came in the form of 32 inches of hair Tuesday, when two students and a teacher at L’Anse Creuse High School North donated their tresses to Locks of Love.

Jason Hubbard, a physical science and chemistry teacher at the Macomb Township school, actually came up with the idea after watching an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition last year.

In the episode, instead of having her house renovated, a young cancer patient asked for the hospital where she had spent so much time to be renovated.

“She was bald from the chemotherapy and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Hubbard said.

The teacher, who had long kept his dark locks sheared close to his head, decided to grow them out with the sole purpose of then donating them to the charity, which makes hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

As part of his endeavor, Hubbard started bugging his students to participate in the process as well.

Before Tuesday’s mass cutting, Carla Dickson, a paraprofessional at the Frederick V. Pankow Center and Mary Caporucio, a first grader at Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary School, also donated their hair. Caporucio, who hadn’t cut her hair since birth, had so much hair she had two donations worth.

Also donating at another time were students Vicki Ceron-Dragon and Marilyn Head.

“As it got closer and closer to the time that my hair was getting long enough to cut it just seemed to make sense to do it on Valentine’s Day,” Hubbard said. “What better gift than hair I guess.”

One of the students participating with Hubbard, who shaved his head completely bald, was Dominka Borowa who was nervous right before the big cutting.

The 16-year-old squinted her eyes shut as the initial deed was done but seemed to relax as the afternoon went on. Susan Scheer, a stylist at Shapes in Chesterfield Township, where the cutting was being done for free, looked at a picture of Eva Longoria as she styled Borowa’s hair after the fact.

“I’ll probably let it grow again and get it done all over again,” she said, admitting it wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be.

Brittany Yandura, also 16, said she hadn’t realized so many people were going to be around to watch the actual cutting.

“Now I can’t back out or cry,” she said with a laugh.

Following the cut, though, Yandura said she was happy she did it.

“I just thought I had a lot of hair and some people didn’t have any and I didn’t need all this hair so it was a good thing to do,” she said.

Hubbard said, after holding up enough hair to equal “a small dog” that he was glad he’d gone through the whole ordeal and would consider doing it again when his head was “less cold.”

“It’s definitely worth it,” he said. “It’s nice to get my head back though.”

Published in Charity, Locks of Love
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