FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Dozens of people participated in the “Donate Eight” event at Lutheran Hospital Sunday afternoon to support Children With Hair Loss.
Children With Hair Loss is a nonprofit that creates hairpieces for children battling various illnesses that impede hair growth such as cancer, alopecia, and even burn victims.
“It’s all about bringing awareness to the community and making people feel comfortable that don’t have hair,” said organizer, Michael James.
James organized the event because he said he’d been growing his hair out for three years and wanted a special cause to donate his hair. Men and women of all ages came out to support, including some pediatric oncologists who work with some of these patients daily.
“No one really does understand what they go through, but little tokens like this let them know that the rest of us are thinking about them,” Dr. Dennis O’Brien said.
He said it’s important to show these children that they’re not alone.
Local hairstylists donated their time and services to help cut and style hair. Children With Hair Loss is different from other similar organizations because they accept hair that’s been dyed or processed, and people only need to have eight inches or more of hair to give.