Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

A 4-year-old girl who is soon to be in Kindergarten at Park Elementary School is doing her part to help cancer patients.

Monday, Emily Benedict had eight inches cut off of her hair to donate to a service similar to Locks of Love called Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Locks of Love is a company which takes donated hair and makes wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy and other treatments which Beautiful Lengths does as well.

Emily’s mother Donna said she made the decision to cut her hair. Donna said the decision was partly made because Emily’s grandmother Carolyn McColm has cancer and has been losing her hair.

“First she was tired of it and her grandmother has cancer so she decided to giver her hair to grandma.” Donna said.

Donna also said once Emily came to the realization that grandma had dark hair and she had blond hair she still wanted to give it to someone who could use it.

“She is a really giving, caring little girl.” Donna said.

Donna also said Emily has wanted to cut her hair for a while, but they were not sure which company the hair would go to.

Emily had the eight inches of her hair cut by Heather Hallam at Vanatta’s Salon Monday afternoon.