It's hair today, gone tomorrow for Douglas student who gave up her ponytail to 'Locks of Love'
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor
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Mallory Rawson observes the 10 inches of her hair that hairstylist Karmon Hurley cut off for a donation to "Locks of Love," an organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Rawson, whose hair had been growing out since the age of 5, said she wasn't nervous: "I just wanted to be able to help somebody else ... "
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January 9, 2004 -- To say that Mallory Rawson has a lot of style would be putting it mildly. The 11-year-old sat down for her 3 o'clock hair appointment Monday and had 10 inches of hair cut off in order to donate it to "Locks of Love," a non-profit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

"She's the type of little girl who would do something like this," said her mother, Mary Ann. "I'm very proud of her for wanting to do it.

Mallory, a fifth-grader at Douglas Intermediate School, has been growing her hair out since she was 5 years old but said she wasn't a bit nervous.

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else who didn't have hair," she explained.

According to Mallory, she learned about "Locks of Love" when the daughter of her mother's boss donated her hair a few years ago.

"[Mallory] thought if she ever got a haircut, she would like to do the same thing," Mary Ann said.

Hairstylist Karmon Hurley has been cutting hair in Sulphur Springs for 13 years and operates out of Body Mechanics Salon at 1334 Sharon Lane. She said that Mallory is only her second client to give to the organization, but Hurley plans to go ahead and complete a volunteer kit that will list her as a participating salon that volunteers their time and expertise free of charge.

"Locks of Love is a great cause to support," said Hurley, who did the honors free of charge for Mallory. " I just thought it was awesome that she took the initiative to do something like this. We hope it generates others to do the same. Our community gives so much to worthy causes, this is just something else we could do. To me, this is more giving of yourself."

The charity began operating as a non-profit organization in December 1997, and the number of hairpieces produced has significantly increased since its inception, from 21 the first year to more than 1,000 in 2003. Recipients come from all 50 states and Canada.

"Locks of Love" accepts a 10-inch minimum hair length (tip to tip) bundled in a ponytail or a braid. It takes six to 10 ponytails to make one hairpiece.

Anyone wishing to donate hair or who needs more information can log onto www.locksoflove.org or call 1-888-896-1588.

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