‘Makes you feel normal,’ Five Dunlap girls donate hair for non-profit, help fellow classmate

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DUNLAP, Ill.– Hair loss can impact men, women and children for various reasons. Justin and Jenny Waldsmith are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters: Addison (6th grade at Dunlap Valley Middle School), Avery (4th grade at Dunlap Grade School) and Mia (4 years old).  

Addison has gone through radiation treatments to overcome her brain cancer that has caused hair loss. Fortunately, the Children With Hair Loss organization, her sister Avery, her former Dunlap Grade School teacher Marissa Lofgren, and a whole community are by her side during her journey.  

Friday, five girls donated eight inches of hair for a total of 40 inches. All the hair is donated to the non-profit “Children With Hair Loss.” It just so happens that one of Addison’s little sisters donated her hair Friday. That moment is something special for their mom to see and share with the community. 

“To see girls stepping forward just to donate their hair to help someone else they probably will never know, or even meet is just…makes me love this place even more,” said Jenny Waldsmith, Addison’s mother. “When my middle daughter told me she wanted to donate, I [was in] complete tears. It’s very emotional because it means a lot to make you feel normal… to have hair. That’s a huge thing for a teenager…. and for her other sister to recognize what a big deal it is, it was huge.”

Since 2006, Five Senses Spa, Salon & Barbershop has been involved with various cancer-related organizations locally and nationally, including Children With Hair Loss.  Seven years ago Five Senses created a program named Ponytails for a Purpose, that allows for students to donate their hair during a school assembly.  This is an awareness program that Five Senses Spa, Salon & Barbershop hopes to host at additional schools to encourage kids helping kids.

Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically related hair loss. Their mission is to provide hair replacement for children who may not have the means to obtain the hair they want and need.  Since 2000, Children With Hair Loss has never charged a child.  Currently, they provide a customized human hair replacement and care kit to over 300 children a year.

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