Locks of Love Drive Will Benefit Disadvantaged Children

Financially disadvantaged children with hair loss due to the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata, severe burns, cancer treatment, and other medical conditions, will benefit from the Second Annual Locks of Love Hair Drive at Yale, on Monday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Payne-Whitney Gymnasium, 70 Tower Parkway.

Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces mainly to children with alopecia areata, which causes hair follicles to shut off and has no known cause or cure. The drive is organized this year by Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) students Ashlea Barrett, Eva Chang, Jessica Clague, Lisa Bono Corredor, Nicki Lapidus, Diane Martinez, Sarah Merten, Anne Reiner, Diana Strong, Sharon Tsui and Pui Ling Yau.

The 2005 drive raised over $1,000 and collected over 90 ponytails. Rimagé Salon & Spa and Nicole Pierre Salon have offered free haircuts to participants who donate six or more inches of hair. Participants without enough hair to donate may receive a haircut in exchange for a $25 donation to Locks of Love. There are 120 appointments available and walk-ins are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the EPH Student Organization, the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Yale Reprographic and Imaging Services, the Medical Student Council, the Yale Health Professional School’s Committee Overseeing Volunteer Services, Branford Academy, Rimagé Salon and Spa, Nicole Pierre Salon and North Haven Academy: Paul Mitchell Partner School.

To make an appointment or a monetary donation, e-mail yalelocksoflove@yale.edu

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