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Posted: May 8, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Locks of love

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Growing it out: Connor Hewell recently grew his hair out to donate to the Locks of Love organization. Connor saw a picture of a child who had lost all his hair due to illness in his classroom at school. He noticed a young girl who had been diagnosed with brain tumors and was losing her hair due to the treatments and he felt compassion. He wanted to help but he didn’t know how until he heard about Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. So Connor set out to grow his hair for this cause and 18 months later on April, 26, Esther Windom of Flaunt Spa and Salon removed 11 inches from the 11-year-old’s head to donate to Locks of Love. "I got a lot of comments at the ball field about looking like a girl… but they quit when I told them why I was doing it," said Connor. Willing to endure the ridicule and jokes, he has already begun growing his hair for the next child. For more information about Locks of Love or to see how you can donate, visit their Web site at www.LocksofLove.org.

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