They made the cut to benefit a Cancer Society program
More than 30 students donated 8 inches of hair to make free wigs for women who have lost their hair during cancer treatments. The program has donated 24,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society's wig banks for distribution across the country.
"From my experience in knowing these ladies, they have such compassion in their hearts. To have them go forward with a project of this scope doesn't surprise me," said Aimee Burns, the students' project mentor.
Both of the teens had their lives touched by cancer.
Valenti has seen two of her family members battle cancer.
They planned the event for more than a year with an initial goal of getting 20 donors. In a day that far exceeded expectations, the school gym was packed with spectators watching 35 people donate their ponytails. A group of male students also shaved their heads in a show of support.
Jon Donaghey chose to shave his head to support the cause in remembrance of a brother who lost his battle with cancer. Christian Kamacho, who said his stepmother will be cancer-free for 15 years this October, also shaved his head.
Cavanaugh and Valenti expressed gratitude for all the support. They would like to see it become an annual event.
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