12yo donates for Locks of Love

Published: April 13, 2006 | 3982nd good news item since 2003

Nicole Holman wanted to make a difference.

Having watched chemo-therapy rob both her mother and grandmother of their hair during treatments, Nicole knew how she wanted to honor the breast cancer survivors in her family.

“Somewhere down the line, she wanted to grow her hair out,” Nicole’s mother, Mary says.

She wasn’t aware of her daughter’s original idea to donate her mane to Locks of Love.

But it was. The 12-year-old ended up growing out her hair for more than a year to donate to the cause.

Since a minimum donation to Locks of Love must be at least 10 inches, Nicole, an Avonworth Junior High School sixth grader, grew her light brown hair to the middle of her back. It now falls, she says, just above her shoulders.

“I thought it was a really sweet idea,” Mary says of her young daughter’s selfless act.

First learning about the organization from her aunt, Nicole began researching Locks of Love on the internet, but says she found the Web sites to be confusing.

So her mother called In Creative Company, one of Sewickley’s hair salons, and made an appointment for April 1.

Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, according to their Web site. It is a non-profit organization.

The site explains that those children who are granted donations through the organization have conditions with no known cause or cure, such as alopecia areata.

Although Nicole was inspired by her mother and grandmother’s fight with cancer, donations are usually not given to cancer patients going through chemotherapy be-cause their hair eventually grows back.

Donated hair must be a minimum length of 10 inches and cannot be bleached or chemically damaged. How-ever, it can be color-treated or permed. Donated hair must also be clean and dry.

The Web site adds that Locks of Love is in need of hair from all races of men, women and children.

It’s been almost two weeks since Nicole shed her long locks for a shorter ‘do, but even though it’s quite a change, she says she is getting used to and growing fond of her new hair style.

“I needed a change,” Nicole says.

“Everyone says it looks nice.”

In addition to the compliments, her family also is very proud of why she chose to donate.

“The whole family thought it was a nice thing to do,” Nicole says.

Published in Charity, Kids & Teens, Locks of Love, Values
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