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Select Cities Soccer Club makes the kindest cut of all

Pony tails harvested to make wigs for cancer patients

Posted: May 29, 2008 1:52 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2008 5:04 a.m.

From left are Barb Heinzel, Ashley Heinzel, Jen Heinzel and Kaitie Leon. They posed before giving up their pony tails to help cancer patients.

 
The local Select Cities Soccer Club recently donated ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which was created to bring people together to donate their beautiful, healthy hair to create free wigs for women and girls who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Each wig requires six ponytails.

One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime, and nearly 60 percent of women regard hair loss as the single worst side effect of cancer treatment according to Cancer Facts and Figures from the American Cancer Society. A real hair wig allows a woman or girl to look in the mirror and at least see a familiar face while she fights to regain a sense of normalcy in her life.

Barb Heinzel, a local Valencia resident and part of the SCSC family, coordinated the drive. She was celebrating her own four-year breast cancer survivor anniversary date. She cut her own hair to donate, as well as that of her daughters Ashley and Jenn. Heinzel wanted to do something to give back to the community and really make a difference for women suffering the effects of cancer treatments.

During the week of May 3-10, two local salons, Xpoze One and In Vogue Salon and Skin Care in Valencia, kindly donated their hairdressers' services and time by cutting the ponytails and creating new haircuts for free - for all the wonderful girls who donated their precious hair to help out someone going through chemotherapy or cancer treatment.

Other local supporters include Cuccio Naturale, Baja Fresh and Lady Di's Cookies. These business donated gift bags filled with coupons or goodies as a special thanks for the kind acts these young girls did by cutting off eight inches of their hair.

For more information on the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, go to www.beautifullengths.com. You can donate your hair at any time by cutting your eight-inch ponytail off and sending it in to Pantene.

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