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Cut for the Cure is May 18 at BCHS

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BCHS senior Mallory Azziz

“It WILL grow back.”

That is the popular refrain from BCHS student Mallory Azziz who has been busy seeking volunteers to donate eight or more inches of hair as part of a May fundraising event she is spearheading with the support of the Senior Council. The donated hair will be used to provide free wigs to cancer patients who have lost their own hair during treatment.

The event is the Cut for the Cure, which will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the BCHS Cafeteria. It is an opportunity, Azziz says, for students, faculty, and members of the Bethlehem Central community to donate hair or money to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Pantene Beautiful Lengths has donated 42,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society Wig Bank.

More information on the May 18 BC Cut for the Cure event.

Those who choose to donate their hair must have at least eight inches of hair (from right above a ponytail holder). No chemically treated hair, including bleaches and permanent dyes, and no hair that is more than 5 percent gray will be accepted.

The bubbly senior can vouch for the hair growing back. The May event will be the third time Azziz has donated her own hair.

“I had been planning to donate my hair last fall when I realized there was a great opportunity to make this a school-wide effort,” said Azziz, who looks forward to donating her hair alongside her classmates. 

Since that time, she has been busy with logistics: creating a Cut for the Cure website, securing the space, finding professional hair stylists to join the effort, making posters and planning outreach. 

“Ms. Westervelt helped me with the website which has a wealth of information,” said Azziz. “And soon, the Guerrilla Art Club will be displaying a project which will feature 8-in strips of paper that students can tear off so they can measure their own hair and get a sense of the length.”

Azziz said she chose the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program over other well-known hair donation charities because Pantene only requires a donation of eight inches of hair, compared to 10 inches or more for some groups.

“Two inches can be a make-or-break,” said Azziz. “I want people who do this to feel comfortable before and after. That’s why we will have professional stylists on site who will not only cut your hair but will style it for you as well.”

The senior has already lined up stylists from two area salons: Avanti Hair Studio in Albany and Choices Hair Studio in Glenmont.

Azziz said there are three ways people can participate in the Bethlehem event: 

  1. Have your hair cut at the event by a stylist on May 18; 
  2. Cut your own hair, or have your personal stylist cut it, and bring the ponytail(s) before the event or to the event; or
  3. Make a monetary donation.

She said students, staff, parents or other members of the Bethlehem Central community should visit the website for more information about donating hair or making monetary donations. Those wishing to participate must register in advance.

Don’t miss the May 18 Cut for the Cure event at Bethlehem Central High School.