Cecilia DowdJun 12, 2017, 8:28 pm

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Levittown students take the chop for breast cancer patients

MacArthur High School teens give away their locks during Cutting for a Cure event

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Dozens of students in the Levittown School District donated more than 330 inches of hair that will be made into wigs for cancer patients through Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths organization.

“My friend's mom had breast cancer and she won the fight which is wonderful. Then in January of this year, she got lung cancer and she is passing away soon,” 9th grader Zach Pikser said.

Pikser says he started growing out his hair in September to ensure he'd have the eight inches needed for the donation.

It was also a special day for Madison Kleppan-Mella whose hair donations have become all the more important since cancer struck her family.

“I just felt like it was a really nice thing to do and really easy. It's easy to help someone out, especially my mom when she didn't have hair. It's such an easy thing to do to make someone so happy,” she said.

Madison's mom, Susan, is a cancer survivor and was on hand to make the first cut.

“I was proud before but it didn't hit that close to home. When it's in our immediate family, it means everything,” Susan Kleppan-Mella said.

This annual Levittown School District event began in 2013 when social studies teacher Laura McCue had a friend going through cancer.

“Now, I do it in my friend's memory. She passed in 2015,” McCue said.

The entire community pitches in every year, including the hairstylists who spent the afternoon donating their time and talent in the MacArthur High School gym.

“The hair will go to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a great organization that gives women wigs and doesn't charge for the wigs at all. Then we raised money, the National Honor Society raised money through bake sales. That money will go to the Morgan Center, a preschool for kids battling cancer,” McCue said.

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