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Redefining Beautiful supports cancer patients

Redefining Beasutiful is a new club about raising self-esteem of young women through service.

“No matter who you are and no matter where you come from, you’re beautiful just the way you are,” Sara Moss, club member, said. “And you should have self-esteem because you can’t let anybody else tell you you’re not beautiful.”

In its third semester of existence Redefining Beautiful is getting organized and reaching out.

Not many people know about Redefining Beautiful or about how they are having an upcoming hair drive in Gym A from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 10.

The club has done other events in the past. Members plastered bathroom mirrors on campus with post-it notes with uplifting messages such as “You are Beautiful.”

“We do lots of service projects all for the goal to show that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty,” Moss  said. “To show that who you are is more important than what you look like and what you wear and if you have the right hairstyle or the right shoes, and to these people who have lost a big piece of who they are, just cutting your hair can make a big difference and give them back some confidence.”

The Beautiful Lengths hair drive provides free wigs to cancer patients. Donors attend the event, someone cuts their hair and a professional gives the donor a new style.

“By donating your hair, the community will come together and see that giving up something you take for granted can really help someone else,” Sarah Kaiman, club member, said .

The club hopes that people will donate their hair to help others.

“Beautiful Lengths works with the American Cancer Society, and all of their wigs are free for the cancer patients,” Jessica Bloomrosen, club founder, said.

Beautiful Lengths works through Pantene and treats the hair to make into wigs.

“We pay for everything ourselves,” Bloomrosensaid. “Pantene treats the hair and makes the wigs.”

The club organized everything, including the hair stylists who donated their time.

Beautiful Lengths is a way to donate your hair for the people who are less fortunate than ourselves and show that we really do care for others,  according to Katie Campbell, club member.

Not everybody is excited about the hair drive, though.

“If you had someone in your family who has or had cancer, then you would do it, but some people just like long hair, or think that they can just buy a wig,” Allison Childs (9) said.

The likelihood of someone not being connected to someone else who has battled cancer is rare since XXX Americans have been diagnosed with some form of cancer.

The club is also hosting a silent auction during the entire event for those who don’t have long enough hair, or don’t want to cut their hair.

Among the available gift baskets are a $90 valued basket of Soya haircare products, a  haircut and product basket valued at $100, gift cards to various restaurants, two Cardinals tickets and a Disney Gift Basket.

“All of the proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society,” Mrs. Debbie Powel, club sponsor, said.

The club also accepts e-mail bids. Potential buys can set a maximum bid if they are unable to make it to the auction.

Saturday people will be redefining their looks as they donate their hair in Gym A.