Marissa Bouwkamp waited her whole life to do this. The 10-year-old Parkside Elementary student donated 13 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Marissa’s grandfather died of cancer and the girl wanted to do something to help others fighting the disease.
Bouwkamp has never had her hair cut, and started to get cold feet prior to May 18, her tenth birthday, when she planned to have it done. She put out a survey at her school, asking classmates if she should go through with it. “Almost all of them said ‘do it’, ” she shared. “It makes me feel great inside to know someone who is bald will feel better.”