University partners with Le Studio Salon for Locks of Love donations

February 8, 2014

Mesa, Arizona ~ People get haircuts everyday to maintain a certain look. However, Benedictine University at Mesa is encouraging its students and staff to cut their hair to aid seriously ill children.

To show their support for children with cancer and other conditions that can cause chronic hair loss, students and faculty of Benedictine University in Mesa are donating their hair to Locks of Love, a charitable organization that provides no or low-cost wigs to children in need.

Six stylists from Le Studio Salon in Mesa will donate their skills and time on Monday, February 10, to cut a minimum of 10 inches of hair from those who are donating. Friends and family of students and faculty and members of the public are also encouraged to donate.

The event will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the lobby of Benedictine’s Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main Street in downtown Mesa. Donor hair must be clean and unbleached. Gray hair is also accepted.

“This event is near and dear to my heart,” said event organizer Carrie Lewis, Ph.D., an instructional designer at Benedictine University at Mesa. “It is such a great charity, and we are giving something that costs us so little to those who need it so much. It’s hair and ours will grow back.”

Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Children with alopecia comprise the organization’s largest group of beneficiaries. Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes the hair follicles to shut down. This disease has varying degrees and affects 4.7 million people in the United States alone. Alopecia areata affects both sexes equally and may, but does not always, progress to significant hair loss. Currently, there is no known cause or cure for alopecia.

Cancer constitutes the second highest percentage of Locks of Love recipients. Every year, approximately 2,200 children under age 20 are diagnosed with brain tumors. Radiation treatment to the brain stem as a treatment for cancer can cause permanent hair loss. Chemotherapy may also cause hair loss to be long-term depending on the length of treatment needed.

Other causes of hair loss among young people include ectodermal dysplasia, an inherited disorder that affects the formation of the ectoderm; loose anagen syndrome, an abnormality where hair is thin and normally does not grow beyond the nape of the neck; trichotillomania, which is compulsive and repetitive hair pulling; telogen effluvium, which is diffuse but excessive shedding related to sudden stress; and burns, accidents and dog attacks.

For questions about this project, contact Lewis at (602) 888-5517 or Le Studio Salon at (480) 827-9770 and ask for Robyn.

Service to others is a core value at Benedictine – named the fastest-growing university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera. The University provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit www.ben.edu/mesa or the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105 in downtown Mesa, or contact us at (602) 888-5533 or mesa@ben.edu.

The University is accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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