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Students donate hair to Locks of Love

Posted: June 1, 2009 10:19 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Rancho Pico Junior High students Blake Torricelli, left, and Gage Patterson cut their long hair to donate to the Locks of Love organization. Locks of Love creates wigs for cancer patients to use.

 
A good deed from some great people is sure to make a difference in someone's life.

Gage Patterson and Blake Torricelli are two Rancho Pico Junior High students known for their long, flowing hair. But both recently decided to cut their trademark locks to help cancer patients.

It is known that cancer patients, when they go through radiation and chemotherapy, lose their hair as a side effect of the therapies because the cells that make hair are damaged by the treatment used to kill the cancer. These two boys decided that they would cut their long hair and make it into wigs for the cancer patients.

"We decided to cut our hair and give it to an organization called Locks of Love," Gage said.

This hair will help kids with cancer overcome embarrassment and shyness when they undergo treatment. The haircut apparently helps Blake and Gage, as well.

"We got sick of people making fun of our hair," Blake said. "People called it the bird's nest. If our bird's nest hair made a difference in peoples' lives, then it's all for the best that we did this."

It's just another example of two kids with big hearts making a difference.

Robleh Farah is an eighth-grader at Rancho Pico Junior High.

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