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Clippers everywhere!

CCA staff, students get cuts for a cause
CCA seventh grader Grace Hill sees the effect of the first snip of scissors as she gives her long hair to Locks of Love during a donation event organized by the CCA Middle School student council May 18. (photos by Lori Lindner)

TIFFIN– When is getting a haircut nothing short of an act of love?
When it is done to benefit the nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to pediatric patients.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School student council organized a Locks of Love hair cutting and fundraiser event– a hair raiser, if you will– in May before the end of the school year. Stylists Kati Burns of 965 Salon & Spa in North Liberty and Dannelle Soppe and Breanna Gassmann of Shear Inspiration in Anamosa donated their time and talents to give the haircuts, with the tresses being donated to Locks of Love.
Established in 1998, Locks of Love creates hairpieces for financially-disadvantaged children under age 21 who experience hair loss due to cancer treatments, severe burns or injuries, or other medical conditions. The prostheses, made of human hair, are high quality, vacuum-sealed for an extremely secure fit, and designed to help restore self-esteem and confidence to children dealing with those conditions. According to the Locks of Love website, hairpieces of the same quality would retail for between $3,500 and $6,000. It takes between six to 10 ponytails and four to six months to make each individual hairpiece
Those who did not have the required 10 inches of ponytail to give were able to get buzz cuts to show support for those suffering hair loss, and could also raise monetary pledges in exchange for styling a teacher’s hairdo.
Burns used to work part-time as a stylist for Mercy Hospital’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, working with cancer patients to help them manage hair loss during treatment.
“It’s a very personal experience they go through,” said Burns. “It’s really hard on people to go through that. It’s emotional and distressing. So when I was able to offer those services, it was a good feeling.”
Burns has worked with patients of all ages, and she said it is a life-changing experience for them when they are able to regain some dignity by getting an attractive hairpiece. She recalled one Christmas she spent fitting a 16-year-old girl with a fashionable new hairpiece.
“It’s revitalizing, when that is the only thing they could control,” she added.
Ainsley Schrock was one of the student organizers who recognized the need and set about recruiting fellow students and CCA staff to donate their hair, through presentations in classrooms and posters in the school.
“We watched some videos, and there was a little girl who made me cry because she is going through chemo and she lost all of her hair,” said Schrock. “It was really sad.”
It was the second time CCA seventh-grader Grace Hill donated her ponytail to Locks of Love, after having donated in fifth grade.
“It’s just kind of a cool thing to do, and I have the hair, so why not give it to someone?” Hill said. “It will grow back.”