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June 7, 2012

Derry teen inspired to donate hair

LONDONDERRY — A local teenager turned a simple haircut into a gift to help others.

Jordan Donahue of Derry went to CocoLare Salon in Londonderry last week to donate her long blonde hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to help cancer patients.

The haircut meant a lot.

The Pinkerton Academy senior has a childhood friend in Massachusetts who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Cutting her hair was a way to help.

Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program began in 2006, when the hair product company teamed up with the American Cancer Society to collect hair donations to support cancer patients around the county.

Since then, the program has donated more than 18,000 real hair wigs to those in need after collecting thousands and thousands of ponytails.

For Jordan, it only took the thought of her friend in need to make the cutting decision. She has donated hair to help others before, but having a friend who is ill hit home.

"She was my inspiration to go through with it," she said.

This time, it was 9 inches of her long blonde locks that were sheared for a good cause.

Jordan's longtime hair stylist Lorrie Cosentino had the honor of cutting her hair. She also cut Jordan's hair in sixth grade when another hair donation took place.

Her parents were involved this time around.

"I didn't think I was going to get to do that," her mother, Laurie, said as she wielded the scissors and lopped off one of her daughter's ponytails.

For this donation, Laurie said her daughter had to make sure her hair grew long enough to get her through her high school prom season.

When her friend got sick, she knew it was time to cut.

"I said they could take 9 inches," Jordan announced as she held up the ruler she brought along for measuring purposes.

Once her hair was sectioned off into several pony tails, the cutting began.

Jordan's friends came along for moral support.

After she graduates from Pinkerton later this month, Jordan will attend the University of New Hampshire to study early childhood education.

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