Sailor Gives of 'Herself' to Children in Need


Story Number: NNS041112-03Release Date: 11/12/2004 9:32:00 AM
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By Airman Heather Beckham, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Alicia Cole of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) donated some of herself Oct. 29, literally, to help children in need when she sheared off 13 inches of her hair to help make a wig for children who are receiving cancer treatment.

Cole donated the 13 inches of hair to the charity "Locks of Love." Locks of Love takes donations of hair and either makes them into wigs or sells the hair to purchase wigs for children who are cancer patients.

While the ship was still in Norfolk, Va., Cole found a flyer asking for volunteers to donate hair to support children who are losing theirs due to radiation treatments.

"They needed at least 10 inches of hair," said Cole, about the volunteer organization Locks of Love. "My hair wasn't long enough, so I grew it out during our underway period and during the last few months in San Diego."

Hair that is donated is braided, cut off and placed in a zip-lock bag, then it is sent to Locks of Love to be transformed into a wig.

"They will do one of two things with the hair," said Cole, a San Diego native. "They will make a wig, or sell the hair and use the money to buy one."

Either way, Cole said she is helping a child, and that makes her feel really good. According to Cole, her contribution to the foundation will save money that cancer victim families would have spent purchasing a wig.

"After they cut my hair, they even styled it for free," said Cole, who now sports short hair for the first time. "I didn't do this to achieve a profit, I did this to help a great cause."

Cole hopes to inspire others to follow in her path. She is currently in the process of growing her hair out to donate to the Locks of Love foundation again.

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76.

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