B'ville: A generous gesture

Meagan Rice is sporting a new do.

The 10th grade student who is entering Baker High School this week recently had 10 and a half inches of her hair cut off and is now donning a hairstyle she hasn't worn since kindergarten. However, her decision wasn't in an effort to recapture her more youthful days. Meagan donated her thick rope of hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss due to various diseases including cancer.

"I have had enough people die of cancer, so I think this is a good idea," Meagan said. "This is my way of helping."

Jan Oram of Sheer Touch in Baldwinsville had the honor of cutting Meagan's hair while Meagan's mother Karen, who is a breast cancer survivor, and Meagan's friend, Brooke Carroll, were present for support.

Meagan's mother usually organizes a Lee Denim Days team every year to help in the fight against breast cancer. However, after losing her sister to cancer last year, she decided to also organize a team for this year's Relay For Life in Baldwinsville, an event that raises money for all types of cancer. It was during the Relay that Meagan decided she wanted to donate her hair.

"We were going to do it at the Relay for Life, but they didn't have anyone there doing it," Karen said.

So, the mother daughter duo did some online research and found that anyone could cut her hair as long as it was at least 10 inches long, in a braid or ponytail and clean and dry. Seeing as Meagan wanted to have some hair left, she spent the summer growing it out before last week's visit to Oram.

Oram carefully measured Meagan's thick hair before cutting it then handed it to Karen before giving Meagan a carefully crafted bob. Although Meagan was slightly apprehensive through the entire process and jokingly asked Oram to put the scissors down, when all was finished Meagan was happy with the style noting how light her new

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