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November 2016

A

LOCKS

OF LOVE

A little girl with challenges

of her own gives hair for

cancer patients

by

KANDICE S

.

EBERHARDT

“Once she saw the commercial, she kept asking me whether

she should do it or not,” Edins said. “When it was decided she

was going to go throughwith it, I went online to find out where

we needed to go once her hair was long enough. I learned you

can go anywhere as long a licensed beautician cuts the hair.”

“I was just thinking about kids with cancer that don’t have

hair,” Haylee said. “I thought I would donate my hair to make

them happy.”

For over a year, Haylee let her hair grow.

When asked if any of her classmates asked her why she was

letting her hair grow out, Haylee said they didn’t.

“We typically have long hair around here,” Edins joked.

On Oct. 18, Edins’ cousin, Monica Dove, did the honors of

cutting Haylee’s hair to send to Locks of Love.

“They usually will make two wigs out of 10 inches of hair,”

Edins said. “They may be able to make more from Haylee’s

hair. I think it depends on how long the kids want the wigs

to be.”

After the cut, Haylee is now sporting a new hairstyle that is

right above her shoulders.

“I actually like it, but it is kind of strange,” Haylee said. “Peo-

ple have asked about my new haircut and have complimented

me on it.”

Edins commended her daughter for being willing to grow

her hair out and getting a short haircut without knowing how

it was going to look on her. “She’s braver than I am. She asked

me why I didn’t do it, but I’m not sure my haircut would end

up looking as good as hers does,” Edins said.

Haylee has enjoyed the experience so much that she is con-

templating doing it again. Edins is not surprised at all that

Haylee wants to donate

her hair again. “She’s such a

sweetheart,” Edins said. “She

always wants to do something

for someone else. If someone

is sad, she wants to make

them smile.”

A child’s heart knows no bounds.

Haylee Fleeman, a little girl who knows

about living with challenges, is the epito-

me of this statement.

Haylee is a fourth-grader at Royston El-

ementary School who donated 17 inches of

her hair to Locks of Love.

With her sweet nature, it is easy to over-

look the fact that Haylee has cerebral palsy

and is in a wheelchair.

“She was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1

pound, 4 ounces,” Haylee’s mother, Tosha

Edins said. “She was in the hospital for a

year before I was able to bring her home.”

Haylee was 2 years old when she was di-

agnosed with cerebral palsy. Edins, said

the thought of donating her hair came to

Haylee after they were watching television

and saw a commercial for Locks of Love.

LAKE LIVING

LOCKS OF LOVE

Above:

Haylee,

with her new

short ‘do, said

she may grow her

hair out again for

another donation.

Above:

Haylee Flee-

man grew her hair

out for a year to do-

nate to Locks of Love.

Right:

Monica Dove,

a relative of Haylee’s,

cut her hair so she

could make the dona-

tion.