Friends agree to share hair


Sitting next to her friend and co-conspirator Alicen Meysing, Alyssa Booton (right) holds the lock of hair she donated last week to the Locks of Love organization. Alicen plans to follow suit once her hair grows just a little bit longer.

It was during a telephone conversation that Alicen Meysing shared with her friend, Alyssa Booton, her idea of donating their hair to Locks of Love.

By the end of the call, the two girls, both fifth-graders at Goessel Elementary School, had decided that they wanted to donate.


Alyssa, as she appeared prior to her haircut.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

?We wanted to give our hair to people who lost their hair,? Alyssa said.

In order to donate hair to Locks of Love, the minimum length of hair being donated must be 10 inches.

Ten-year-old Alyssa got her 10 inches cut off Wednesday, Dec. 31, after waiting eight months for her hair to grow long enough. Her mother, Jill Booton, said to make sure Alyssa?s hair could continue to grow out, they trimmed it every now and then.

Alicen, 11, has grown her hair long enough to donate, but she has not yet cut it because she does not want it to be as short as Alyssa?s after the cut.

Alyssa said she likes her hair to be long but doesn?t mind it when it?s short. She said that it wasn?t hard for her to give up 10 inches because she knew it was going to a good cause.

Alyssa wants to donate her hair again, so she is beginning the long process of growing it out. Her mother said it will probably take a little longer this time, since her hair is so short.

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Kaylee Lopez, 6, of Hillsboro, donated 10 inches of hair Monday to Locks of Love, an organization devoted to helping children suffering from medical hair loss. Amy Waner, employed at The Cut Above in Hillsboro, carefully cut a ponytail as Kaylee?s mom, Jessica, looked on. Almost five million children are affected by alopecia, an incurable auto-immune disorder that causes hair follicles to shut down. The second highest percentage of recipients are children diagnosed with brain tumors. ?Our daughter is happy she can help other children by giving them her own hair,? Jessica said.


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