Seven Clover High School students gave up tresses of their hair to cancer patients Friday while hundreds of classmates cheered.
“It feels good to help someone out,” said Aaron Wells, 18, who sported a new, short hairstyle after his shoulder-length red locks were cut for a donation to Locks of Love.
The haircutting, done by stylists from Revel Salon and Color Studio in Lake Wylie, was part of the school’s Pink Out to raise money for and awareness of cancer. The Pink Out, which included a Friday afternoon pep rally where the students’ hair was cut, has been held for several years to collect donations during the York-Clover basketball rivalry match.
The Locks of Love hair donation was sponsored by the student council, said math teacher Jessica Davis, who advises the student government group. She said the school wanted to honor the two Blue Eagle students and nine faculty members who are battling cancer or who have been treated for and survived cancer.
“They are very courageous, and we want to support them,” Davis said.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
The two Clover High student cancer patients are 16-year-old Alex Lamparter, who has bone cancer, and 14-year-old Andrew White, who is in remission after treatment for a rare form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
White said he and Alex both had treatment at the Levine Center in Charlotte. White said he was diagnosed in August, and was in remission in early December.
White said he was impressed with the support from the school.
“It makes me feel better, that there are people out there looking out for you and who want to help the cause,” said White, a member of the junior varsity basketball team.
Amy Burton, owner of Revel Salon and Color Studio, said the stylists were happy to help with the hair donations. “Every one of us has had someone affected by cancer,” she said.
Burton said the stylists would take the students who donated their hair back to its Lake Wylie salon for a shampoo and finished style. “We didn’t just want to cut their hair and leave,” she said.