Feb. 7, 2008
OXFORD - Senior captain Ryan Jones will donate his hair at the end of the season to Locks of Love (LOL), a non-profit organization out of Lake Worth, Fla., that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Jones said one girl in particular got him interested in the cause.
"I started following a young girl named Korrine, who was diagnosed with cancer, through her blogspot (www.korrinecroghan.blogspot.com/) and she has been a true inspiration. Through her chemo and dealing with her disease, she has helped organize fundraisers to raise money for cancer research. Included was a Locks for Love donation day where people could come and donate their hair. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it because of the hockey season but I am hoping to get out there and donate the next time around."
Locks of Love insists that donations be a minimum of 10 inches in length, in a ponytail or braid, and cleaned and dried prior to being cut.
Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses provided by LOL help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
"I know it doesn't look great, and I hear fans complain about it all the time, but it's a small price to pay to help out these children. When I first went to the Locks of Love website and read about the impact it has on a child's life, it was an easy decision."
Jones went on to say, "By growing my hair out I was hoping to help rebuild the emotional damage that comes with a young child losing their hair. I was also hoping that by other people seeing me do it, it would encourage them to do the same."
Locks of Love is committed to providing the highest quality hair prostheses to every child suffering from long term or permanent medical hair loss. The hair prostheses provided are custom-made from donated ponytails and would retail for between $3,500 and $6,000.
To date, over 2,000 children have been helped. Locks of Love has recipients in all 50 states and Canada and is working toward its goal to help every financially disadvantaged child suffering from long-term hair loss.
Jones encourages everyone to visit Korrine's blogspot and give her words of encouragement.
For more information on Locks of Love, please visit www.locksoflove.org.