Heather Christensen is ready to cut her ponytail, and it’s for a good cause.
Christensen, an assistant professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph, is organizing the Beautiful Lengths Campaign to come to the Mount on Sunday, September 29, as part of a national effort to donate hair to make wigs for cancer patients.
“This is something I’ve always had a passion for,” said Christensen. “This will be my fourth time donating hair to a cause such as this, and it's a different experience for me each time. I'm so excited to share this with my Mount family, and am thrilled at the chance to help connect Mount students, faculty, and staff with members of the surrounding community!”
Anyone in the community is welcome to join Mount faculty, alumni, students, and staff at the Sept. 29 event which will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Pavilion by the Mount’s Quad. People donating their hair will receive a free haircut by stylists. The nearest parking lot for the public to access the Pavilion is by the main entrance off Delhi Road.
The Beautiful Lengths Campaign is a partnership between Pantene and The American Cancer Society. They are the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing disease.
Each hair donation must be at least eight inches in length with no permanent hair coloring, and only 5% grey. Men can still support this cause by shaving their head making the statement that, “Bald is beautiful.” Before and after photos will also be provided for courageous volunteers, along with music, food, and fun for everyone. Interested volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.