Sixth-grader donates hair to American Cancer Society
By By Stacey Hancock/The Meridian Star
A local girl had her first haircut Wednesday afternoon and the stylist cut 14 inches. Unusual? Not really.
What is unusual is why 11-year-old Ashley Pettengill decided it was time to shear the straight brown hair that fell past her waist.
Pettengill, a sixth-grade student at Clarkdale Attendance Center, heard about the American Cancer Society's "Wigs for Kids" program from her science teacher. The program provides wigs to children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.
Having a big heart, Pettengill went home and told her mother she wanted to donate her hair to them.
While getting her hair cut by Randy Briggs at Heads Up salon, Ashley Pettengill sat quietly, happy about the decision she made and knowing that it will make a difference in the life of another child.
For more information about Wigs for Kids, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
Stacey Hancock is a staff writer for The Meridian Star.