Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Great lengths for a great cause

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA - We've been lucky enough to have a fabulous intern Maaria Ahmed working with us all summer. She's a senior at Washington University and she's helped The Foundation so much, especially with planning for this year's Classic and other events. We already hold Maaria in high regard, and then on her last week of work as an intern, she delights us further with the news that she is donating her beautiful long hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes hairpieces for kids who've lost their hair due to cancer or other medical diagnosis. According to the web site, the second highest percentage rate of their recipients are cancer patients.

Why did she decide to do it, especially since she hadn't really cut her hair in almost 10 years? In her words: "It's a good, easy way to give back."

She's right. It only takes a 10-inch ponytail of healthy hair. Sounds like a lot, but hair always grows back. There's more information on how to donate on the site. If you're not ready to part with your hair, there are other ways to help listed, too.

Today was the big day. So Julie and I made plans to go with Maaria as she snipped off her hair for a cause. Doesn't she look beautiful?

Thank you, Maaria, for helping us out this year - and for your amazing generosity. We love you!!!



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