Carly Olson of Rockford hasn’t cut her hair since she was four years old-until now. The former East Rockford Middle School student cut her long hair for Locks for Love. “My aunt had to have a wig while she was fighting cancer,” Carly said. Her aunt lost her fight with the disease. Carly’s cousin donated to Locks for Love last fall and Carly thought it was a great idea to do the same. She also wanted to surprise her classmates, who have only known her with very long hair. It takes ten ponytails to create one wig of real human hair.
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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.”