Child friends cut hair together for cancer awareness

Child friends cut hair together for cancer awareness

ANDERSON, Calif. - Getting children a haircut can sometimes be a harrowing experience. Some tears may be shed, and there can be plenty of fidgeting in the chair.

That was not the case for two Cottonwood kids as they climbed right up for charity.

There are signs of pint-sized wisdom for two young ladies who are hardly old enough to understand the depths of chronic diseases. The local kindergartners went under the scissors, cutting their hair for cancer awareness.

"[I wanted to do this] because I felt sad for the other children," said 6-year-old Emma Bollinger.

Blonde-haired Marin Mapes and the red-headed Bollinger are two best friends. They are inseparable at North Cottonwood School. They have grown their locks together for a few years.

"We were going to do it together," said 5-year-old Mapes.

Their parents helped them get involved. Their long hair was snipped off Friday afternoon at Amy Jo's Beauty Shop in Anderson.

They will package their newly-cut pony tails up and mail them off, donating the hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. A minimum of eight inches of hair is needed to qualify. Emma chopped off eight, and Marin cut off nine.

They are drawing inspiration from one of their favorite Disney characters, Rapunzel.

"Because she has magical hair," Emma said.

The girls are using their magical powers, brave on their own, to help those in need.

"I just wanted to do it for my birthday. And we were so excited that we did it," Marin said.

The hair will be made into free, real-hair wigs for women and young girls with cancer. The program started in 2006 and more than 400,000 ponytails have been donated since, according to the program's website.

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