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A cut above: 10-year-old donates hair

Joel Stonington

Hunter Ash, 10, let her hair grow for five years before getting a haircut at Tezäal in Basalt. (Joel Stonington/The Aspen Times)

Hunter Ash, 10, is small, unassuming and happy doing things most fifth-graders like, such as going to sleepovers and staying up late. Only there’s a little more than meets the eye to Hunter Ash. This summer, she had her hair cut for the first time in five years. It wasn’t a fashion statement. Or perhaps it was the best kind of fashion statement. At the age of 5, Ash decided to grow her hair long enough to donate to a nonprofit that makes wigs for child cancer patients.

“Forever,” said Ash, in describing how long she waited to cut her hair. “I was nervous.”But when she went in to get her hair cut, they put it in a pony tail and gave a snip. She said it wasn’t so hard and everyone should give it a try. “They clip right at the top and put it in a bag,” Ash said.

Twelve inches of her blonde hair was sent to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that uses donated hair to make high-quality hair prosthetics for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, often from cancer treatment.”I grew my hair, heard about Locks of Love and wanted to donate it,” said Ash, matter-of-factly. She made the decision to grow it out so long ago she doesn’t remember it was a babysitter who told her about the nonprofit. Her mom, Diane Ash, explained that part of the story. Hunter Ash grew her hair for as long as she can remember in order to help a kid somewhere who needed it. The experience was nothing but good.

“Everyone should do it,” she said.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.comThe Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.