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A gift of self from those who have to those who don’t

Elmira girl makes a second Locks of Love hair donation to help another young person in need

Hair today, gone tomorrow is nothing new to 10-year-old Ava Leigh Hansen, who this week made her second donation to Locks of Love, a non-profit charity that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children.

The Elmira girl again gave up 10 inches of her hair, which was cut at Guys and Dolls hair salon on July 10.

It’s a cause that’s dear to her heart, prompting another contribution.

“I donated it twice,” said Ava Leigh of the endeavor. “When I did it before, it was also at 10 inches. Two of my aunts have had cancer before. … So, I just thought it would be cool to do it for other kids who have had that happen to them before.”

The generosity runs in the family.

“Her cousin did it recently again,” said her father, Lawrence Hansen. “That may have been a little more motivation to go ahead and make the cut again.”

The exercise was quick and painless, taking less than a minute to complete.

Locks of Love gives these wigs to anyone under 21 in Canada and the United States suffering from a medical condition that causes hair loss. The majority of the children helped by Locks of Love lose their hair due to alopecia areata, a medical condition that has no known cause or cure.

Ava Leigh lives in Elmira with her father, mother and younger brother. She attends John Mahood Public School. She and her family just came back to Elmira from overseas.

“We actually have been living overseas for two years,” said Lawrence Hansen. “My wife and I are both teachers and just wanted to have an experience with the family and try something different. Elmira’s a great town, but it’s also a small town. So we wanted to try something new, and to give our kids an experience too, to see more of the world.”

To donate to Locks of Love, donors must be willing to part with a minimum of 10 inches measured tip to tip as that is the length needed for a hairpiece. The hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut and must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in.

Locks of Love was started in 1997 by Madonna Coffman who developed alopecia in her 20s and lost all her hair. Her daughter developed it too at four years old and Coffman decided to take of Locks of Love fulltime

More details of the charity are available online at www.locksoflove.org.


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