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Press Release: DeSales University Students To Give "Locks of Love"
Date: 3/12/2002

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DeSales University Students To Give "Locks of Love"

Center Valley, Pa., (March 12, 2002) - DeSales University students and staff will donate 10 inches or more of their hair during a cutting ceremony for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss. The event will take place Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 6 p.m., in the McShea Center Commons at DeSales University.

Area salons including the Hair Court of Coopersburg, Pa., will cut hair from those individuals who committed to having their hair cut during this event several months ago.

"Locks of Love," established in 1997, utilizes donated hair and resources to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 with medical hair loss. The children receive these $3,500 hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

Approximately 2 million children throughout the United States suffer from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that cases the hair follicles to shut down. Out of every 10,000 births, about 7 will result in ectodermal dysplasia, another condition that can result in permanent hair loss. More than 1.5 million people suffer from serious burns each year that would damage hair follicles. Every year, approximately 2,200 children under age 20 are diagnosed with brain tumors and radiation treatment to the brain stem as a treatment for cancer causes permanent hair loss.

Most wigs are made to fit adults and are much too big for children. The hairpieces Locks of Love provides are custom-made for each child's head. They are vacuum fitted for use by those with complete loss of scalp hair. Although having a hairpiece is not a cure for the medical conditions causing hair loss, they can help ease social discomforts.

DeSales students participating in the "Locks of Love," hair drive include: Sophie Meissner of New Egypt, N.J., Patrice Oprysko of Oakland, N.J., Erin Bodenschatz of Audobon, N.J., Karen McLoone of Floral Park, NY, Ann Bartolacci of Easton, Pa., Lexy Antoni and Nick Perloff of Lansdale, Pa., Tere Crossan of Philadelphia, Pa., Abbey Etzweiler of Landisville, Pa., Carolyn Stanz of Northampton, Pa., Emily Lichtfus of Quakertown, Pa., Amy Roseman of Mt. Carmel, Pa., Angela DeLay of Tamaqua, Pa., Gabe Levenson of Souderton, Pa., Kacie Dechan of Yardley, Pa., Sarah Walsh of Hatfield, Pa, and David Quinn of Wilmington, Del.

Press Release: DeSales University Students To Give "Locks of Love" | Posted on: 3/12/2002

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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