Man donates hair to help sick kids
August 18, 2004
Dan Sullivan recently lost 11 inches of his hair – and he is happy about it. Sullivan, 58, a resident of Barton Skilled Nursing Facility for the past two years, donated his hair to Locks of Love, an organization that accepts donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.
Sullivan said that he had seen children on TV who had lost their hair from cancer and had a friend tell him about Locks of Love.
“At an age when most people aren’t growing their hair, I decided to grow mine so I could donate it to help the children,” Sullivan said.
Maureen Froyum, a certified nursing assistant at Barton, remembers asking Sullivan before Christmas 2003 how long he was going to grow his hair. His reply was that when he went home at Christmas he was going to have it cut so he could donate it. Sullivan, who is from Crescent City, Calif., is married and has one daughter and a grandson.
“Word spread around the facility about Dan’s hair and we were all anxious to see him when he returned from his home visit. He did not at that time have his hair cut because he didn’t think it was long enough,” Froyum said.
“The matter was forgotten until a month ago when another CNA went on the Internet to look up Locks of Love for Dan. The Web site indicated that Dan’s hair only needed to be 10 inches from tip to tip to donate.”
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Sullivan had 11 inches cut off in July leaving his hair still long enough to put back in a pony tail.
“Dan is very pleased at being able to donate his hair to help a child in need. He felt that it was something he could do to make a difference,” Froyum said.
For more information about Locks of Love visit the Web site at http://www.locksoflove.org/donate_hair.php; write to Locks of Love, 2925 10th Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461; or call 1-888-896-1588.