This past Saturday, Sparrow hosted their 2nd Annual Hair-a-Thon. This yearly event allows for people to come to Sparrow Hospital and donate their hair to Wigs 4 Kids, an organization that uses donated hair to create custom-fitted wigs for children who've experienced hair loss because of cancer.

During this year's event, the Lansing State Journal reports that around 116 ponytails were donated, which will be enough to make about 15 wigs. That's actually an amazing example of why these types of events are important... because it takes so much hair to go into the making of just one wig. And, hair takes whiiilllle to grow out.

If you'd like to take the time the grow your hair for donation, I'd like to encourage you to do so... When I was much younger, I had to watch my mother battle breast cancer, and over the course of treatments, she lost her hair. I saw what she went through physically and emotionally, and knew that I wanted to help in some way, so I decided to donate my hair. It's something that goes a long way to help a person's self-esteem, especially young kids. So, if you're interested in helping by donating your hair, I'd say, start growing! The next Hair-a-Thon is tentatively scheduled for September 23, 2017. You can learn more at www.wigs4kids.org

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