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Cutting hair for a worthy cause

POSTED: May 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Emily Peterson / Coastal Courier/

Delieth Wright and Janet Knox show the lock that was cut from Wright's head.

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An old saying contends that a woman's hair is her glory, whether it is long or short.
Delieth Bacon Wright took her glory from short to long and now back for a cause.  
"I love wearing short hair. Two years ago, however, I decided to let my hair grow and donate it to Locks of Love," she said.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who lose their hair to diseases and medical treatments.  
The organization uses donated hair to create hair prosthetics. Most of the children have lost their hair because of alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have lost their hair because of other medical conditions, including cancer.
Wright said she wanted to help make life more comfortable for a child already experiencing pain and possible loss of confidence.   
"My father, Gurney Bacon Sr., died in 1997 with cancer. Not only did my father die of cancer, but his three brothers also died from cancer," Wright said.
Last year, Wright's niece, Tamaka Bacon, was also diagnosed with cancer.
On Monday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m., the two years of wearing long hair was about to end.
"My stylist, Janet Knox at Special Dimension, cut my hair. The length of cut hair had to be at least 10 inches. Knox had previously cut someone's hair which was donated to Locks of Love," said Wright, whose mother, Martha Bacon, is retired beautician.  
She also credits her longtime stylist, Lorene Grisby, with caring for her hair for years.
Once a donor's hair is cut, the shorn locks are bagged up and mailed to Locks of Love in Lake Worth, Fla.
"It took longer than I expected for it to grow, but I am happy someone else can use my hair," Wright said.
She is a teacher at Brittin Elementary on Fort Stewart and has been with the Fort Stewart Schools System for 25 years. She is scheduled to retire in 2009.
"I also taught school in Ludowici for seven years and three years in Germany," she said.
Anyone desiring to donate hair to Locks of Love can contact it at: 2925 10th Avenue N, Suite 102, Lake Worth, FL 33461-3099.
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