Healthy Living

May 10, 2010 3:26 PM by Carina Corral

Volunteers at Cal Poly show they are a cut above the rest

A compassionate gesture on the Cal Poly campus today where volunteers went to great lengths to help cancer patients.

Each volunteer donated at least eight inches of their hair to Cal Poly's ponytail drive.

The hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients experiencing hair loss from their treatments.

"I'm really glad. I think it's a really great thing. I've never donated my hair before and it was so long that I'm glad it's going somewhere like that," said Brianna Luce, who donated 12 inches of her hair.

Organizers hope to collect 40 ponytails to donate to the American Cancer Society and to raise awareness and monetary donations for continued cancer research.

"Although it may seem superficial, the gift of a wig can help a cancer patient begin to regain their confidence and self-expression," said student organizer Alicia Ginsberg. "By giving your support and donating your hair, you can help us provide a large number of wigs."

Stylists from Bluebird Salon in San Luis Obispo provide the cuts and styles.

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