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Iowa City providers aim to break hair donation record

Snippets of Hope to collect donations for cancer patient wigs Saturday

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After Jessica Moore received her cancer diagnosis, it felt like everything bad that was happening outweighed the good in her life.

Moore, 31, of Solon, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before Christmas last year, and had two partial thyroidectomies to completely remove her thyroid gland, which produces hormones essential to the body’s metabolism.

Moore is now cancer-free.

Moore didn’t receive chemotherapy treatments, so she did not lose her hair. However, Moore said she still felt connected to those patients through their shared diagnoses.

“I think for me, the things that were comforting to me going through this were the things that bring a sense of normalcy to your life,” she said. “Losing hair is completely abnormal, and you look abnormal.”

In order to help area cancer patients keep the bad from outweighing the good, Moore will be participating in an upcoming event that aims to provide hair donations to create wigs for chemotherapy patients.

“I feel like I’m giving the opportunity to have hair again and feel like things are normal,” she said.

Mercy Iowa City and Corridor Radiology are partnering for an event this weekend to gather as many hair donations as possible for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that uses donated hair to create wigs for cancer patients that have lost their hair during treatment.

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“We’re a community hospital, it’s our mission to really serve our community and make it the best it can be,” said Mercy Iowa City Spokeswoman Anne Youngman. “By donating hair for wigs, it gives people confidence. I think by having those wigs, they feel a little bit more like everything is normal than what they were feeling before.”

Not only that, but the two organizations hope to step the event up a notch and attempt to break a world record for the most hair donated to charity in one hour.

And organizers say they need the public’s help to do so. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at the atrium in Mercy Iowa City, 500 E. Market St. The hour of donation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, visit mercyiowacity.org.

Those interested in donating are asked to register beforehand at mercyiowacity.org/snippets-of-hope-registration.

Interested donors will need to have at least eight inches of hair to donate, which will be cut by hairstylists from Groovy Katz Salon and Spa, Le rêve Salon and Spa, Skin Deep Salon and Spa and Thompson and Company Salon Parlor.

So far, Youngman said about 60 men, women and children have registered to donate hair — including some cancer survivors like Moore.

Youngman said they count the number of ponytails cut in that hour and send them to the Procter & Gamble company in Iowa City. The organizers will notify Guinness World Records, but it’s unclear when it will be determined if they broke the record.

But the most important aspect of the event, Youngman said, is to show widespread support for area patients.

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“One of my biggest take-aways from an experience like this is to try to be a kinder person,” Moore said. “No one wants to kick someone when they’re down — so don’t kick them at all. You don’t know what everyone is going through.”

l Comments: (319) 368-8536; michaela.ramm@thegazette.com

World Record ATTEMPT

l What: Hour-record for number of hair donations

l Where: The atrium in Mercy Iowa City, 500 E. Market St.

l When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

l Requirements: At least 8 inches of hair to donate

l To sign up: Go to www.mercyiowacity.org/snippets-of-hope

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