22 high school girls chop off hair to benefit people with cancer

(Photo: WKRN)

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly two dozen Wilson Central High School students are getting used to their new haircuts.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

More than 20 high school girls took part in the project.

Students donated a portion of their hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths hair challenge. The group uses the hair to make wigs to give to cancer patients for free.

Local hair stylists donated their time and services for the effort.

Some students had a hard time at first.

“I cried,” Makayla Ruckman told News 2. “I cried a lot.” The first snip removed eight inches of her hair.

Though tough at first, the sacrifice was worth it.

“My grandma died of cancer. When she had to get a wig, it was really hard seeing her have to shave her head,” said Ruckman. “So this is just eight inches. And somebody else is going to benefit from it.”

The 2nd annual “Making the Cut” at WCHS totaled 513 inches of hair to donate.

In addition to the hair, the students made a $500 donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, click here.

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