Over 30 Volunteers Donate Hair to Women With Cancer

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – More than 30 women donated eight to ten inches of their hair to help make wigs for women with cancer at the Washington Township High School (WTHS) National Honor Society's (NHS) “Cutting Cancer” hair donation event. In addition, NHS teamed with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the WTHS Interact Club, and approximately 15 men had their heads shaved in a symbolic gesture for the money they raised for childhood cancer research.
Along with the NHS, the event was organized by 2012 WTHS graduate Brianna Bogacki and NHS and Interact co-advisors Bernadette Bogacki, April Renzetti, and Natalie Taylor. The event is an offshoot of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and WTHS will donate its collections through Pantene to the American Cancer Society. The donations will help create wigs for women going through cancer treatments.
The guest speaker at the event was Lisa Petruzzelli, who was an original donor in 2012. That year, Petruzzelli’s sponsor was Susan McCullough, a Washington Township Food Service worker who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last fall. Petruzzelli spoke of how much it meant to have McCullough there for her that year and how everyone donating on Thursday should be proud of what they were doing. Thursday’s event was dedicated to McCullough and Aiden Riebel, a township resident who passed away last winter at six years old from leukemia.
Students in the hair design programs at Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Camden County College were on hand performing cuts and doing styles at the event. In addition, stylists from Lillian James Salon donated haircuts and styles off-site. After measuring the eight to ten inches, they put hair ties in place to create ponytails. According to Beautiful Lengths, It takes four ponytails to create one wig.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money for child cancer research through "head-shaving" events worldwide, where people raise money and shave their heads to stand in solidarity with children who have cancer. At WTHS, the shaving was done by stylists from Timmons Barber Shop. To participate, each person had to raise at least $50 for St. Baldrick’s.
Director of Guidance Jonathan Strout served as the disc jockey. Local photographer and WTHS graduate Alisha LeDonne captured the event and took before and after photos of each donor.