Cutting For A Cause: Students Donate Hair In Marshfield

People in Marshfield made the cut Friday to help those with hair loss.

Twenty-six people ranging from pre-schoolers to seniors in high school, to faculty, staff and alumni of Columbus Catholic schools sat down and held up their pony-tails in front of the student body after school.

The Student Council Adviser who organized the event, Mandy Volkman said the event was inspired by their late principal, Barb Billings, who passed away on May 4, 2011 from ovarian cancer.

"Barb was the epitome of selflessness and she was a servant to this school," she said. "She loved the students. She loved the idea of Catholic education. She was committed. She gave everything she could to this institution."

One student, who also had Billings as a theater teacher, said she remembers her long hair, making the event all the more fitting.

"Before she got cancer she had waist-length, butt-length almost long hair and she loved it with a passion, so when she did get cancer and had to lose it she was really devastated with that," said Columbus Catholic senior, Hannah Cruse.

The event was emotional for many donors, but everyone handled it differently. Some had tears and other breathed a sigh of relief. But everyone was feeling the breeze on their necks and feeling the length of their hair.

"It was fun," said Columbus Catholic 3rd grader, Emma Alcott. "I was a little bit nervous but it was fun anyway."

"Right when they cut it off I was like 'Oh my gosh! It feels super bouncy and weird!' I put my backpack on and I didn't have to pull my hair out of my backpack anymore. This is really weird," said Cruse.

"It's really short. I didn't think it was going to feel this short," said Columbus Catholic High School student, Rylie Peterson.

But it wasn't a blunt cut. Blues Salon in Marshfield made sure they left styled. Those who made the donation say they were happy to brighten the day of those battling a life-threatening disease.

"We are very blessed. Hair is hair. It grows back. The point is that we can give to someone who doesn't have. And what's impressive is our students really get that. We have some girls that are going pretty short," said Volkman.

The event was put on the the Columbus Catholic School Council.

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