Ponytail cutting party for cancer patients

By Rebecca Powers - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A young woman who survived cancer is putting out a call to all salon owners to give their time and talents to the Pink Heart Funds.

The non-profit group helps those battling cancer look and feel great during a very difficult time by giving them free wigs and beauty classes. But they need more hair stylists to clip all the hair being donated for wigs, then give free, stylish cuts to the generous donors.

On Monday, some Hancock Bank employees held a ponytail cutting party at Belle Je' Salon and Spa in Downtown Gulfport.

Darci Richey decided to donate eight inches of her beautiful hair to the Pink Heart Funds after a challenge from a co-worker at the bank.

"It's for a good cause," Richey said. "I looked online seeing all the poor babies, and I couldn't imagine not having hair as a kid."

Christina Meredith was just 19 when she battled cancer. She remembers losing her hair as the hardest part.

"It just starting falling out when I was walking," Meredith said. "I'd wake up and it would be all over my pillow."

But the Pink Heart Funds gave her a free wig and a free class called "Look Good, Feel Better."

"The Look Good, Feel Better program was huge for me. It taught me how to put on makeup, cause your skin changes. I actually lost my eyebrows, so they taught us how to draw on eyebrows."

Now she's in remission and on a mission to make sure the Pink Heart Funds has all the hair it needs. That's why she asked her co-workers at Hancock Bank to get involved. She also asked local salon owner Amanda Trahan to donate her time and talents to the cause.

"I can not say enough about Amanda. It was a 'yes' on the spot, no hesitation, no time to think about it. 'Yes, I'll do it.'"

"I'm just glad that she asked me to do it absolutely," Trahan said.

After the initial snip of the ponytail, the generous donation also got Darci a free cut and trendy new style. She said she couldn't be happier with her decision and her new do.

If you'd like to donate your hair or you're a stylist willing to donate your talent, you can learn more about the Pink Heart Funds by visiting www.PinkHeartFunds.com.

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