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Press Release: DeSales University Hosts Locks of Love, Tues., April 22
Date: 4/22/2008

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DeSales University Hosts Locks of Love, Tues., April 22

DeSales University will host Locks of Love, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the McShea Student Union. During the cutting ceremony for Locks of Love, members of the DeSales community, including faculty, staff and students, will donate 10 inches or more for use by the non-profit organization that makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss. Walk-in's from the community at large are welcome to participate as well.

Stylists from area salons, including Cindy's Hair Design, of Hellertown, Pa., and All About Hair, of Allentown, Pa, will be on hand to cut the hair of individuals who committed to participating in this event.

Locks of Love, established in 1997, utilizes donated hair and resources to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 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.

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 the hair loss, they can help ease social discomforts.

There are various causes of hair loss in children. Approximately 2 million children throughout the United States suffer from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes the hair follicles to shut down.  Out of every 10,000 births, about seven 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.

For more information on the Locks of Love benefit, contact Magdalene Riggins, assistant director of campus ministry at DeSales, 610-282-1100 ext. 1313.

Press Release: DeSales University Hosts Locks of Love, Tues., April 22 | Posted on: 4/22/2008

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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