Cut for the Cure is June 11

Beautician Julia Heath measures Jenn Sporer's hair to see if it is long enough to make the cut. Both Julia and Jenn will be on The Green Saturday, June 11 for Cut for the Cure, a Relay For Life Of Tioga County event.
Beautician Julia Heath measures Jenn Sporer’s hair to see if it is long enough to make the cut. Both Julia and Jenn will be on The Green Saturday, June 11 for Cut for the Cure, a Relay For Life Of Tioga County event.

WELLSBORO— Women and men with long hair who want to change their hairstyles and help someone else at the same time are invited to participate in Cut for the Cure.

This Relay For Life Of Tioga County event will be Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Green in Wellsboro. It is part of Family Day and Children’s Health Fair activities.

Jennifer Sporer of Wellsboro has decided to have her hair cut that day. “During my 18 years as a teacher and administrator, I’ve asked my students to give their time, effort and talents to whatever they do,” Sporer said. “Being on the Relay For Life committee and donating my hair to benefit others are ways I’ve found to model that for my students. This will be my fourth hair donation in 15 years. On average it takes 2½ years for my hair to grow 12 inches. This is one way I can help a woman who has lost her hair during cancer treatment.”

Two Wellsboro hairstylists, Julia Heath and Sabrina Hazelton will be on The Green to cut donors’ hair. To make the cut, each person’s hair will be put in a ponytail that has to be between 8 and 12 inches long.

Through its network of wig banks, the American Cancer Society distributes Pantene Beautiful Lengths real-hair wigs free to patients who are battling cancer Since 2006, more than 800,000 ponytails have been donated and more than 42,000 real-hair wigs have been created and donated to the ACS program. For a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig, each ponytail must measure a minimum of eight inches in length. The hair cannot be bleached or permanently colored and must not be any more than five percent naturally gray in color. It takes eight to 15 ponytails to make one wig. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color, all of the ponytails must be processed and then dyed the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create a wig that is one natural-looking color.

Those who have questions about caring for their hair before it is cut on June 11 can contact a Pantene representative toll-free at 1-800-945-7768 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society also supports Wigs for Kids, which provides free wigs at no cost to youth under 18 years of age who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, burns or other medical reasons. To receive a free wig, a child has to be referred to this non-profit organization by a medical professional. Donor’s hair must be a minimum of 12 inches long before being cut, cannot be chemically processed or colored, cannot be naturally gray and must be clean and completely dry. Temporary coloring and highlights are accepted but must be completely washed out before cutting.

For more information about Cut for the Cure, call Jenn Sporer at 570-404-5035 or Earin Maldona at 570-439-7604.