Locks of Love

Amman, Michael Putnam, and Linda Panter, shown before their spring shearingIt took two years, but three members of the Alfred State College faculty capped the last 24 months spent growing their hair by cutting it to donate the tumbling tresses to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The prostheses are provided to help restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

“Ponytails on Campus,” is spearheaded by Mark Amman, ASC professor and interim chair, Physical and Health Sciences Department.

Amman recruits other members of his department to join in the cause. “It’s something we could do without any great interruption in our daily activities,” Amman notes.

Michael Putnam, Linda Panter, and Amman after donating their hair to Locks of LoveJeanne Hyland, owner of Hair Care, Main St., Alfred, did the honors for the three philanthropists. She noted that hair must be 10 inches measured tip to tip, which is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece; hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut; and hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in.