DSHA Locks of Love

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by Jennifer Tomazic

MILWAUKEE -- More than 400 inches of hair is will help make five people very happy.

Students at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School cut their hair for Locks of Love to make wigs for children and young adults that suffer from long term medical hair loss.

The school has been doing it for 12 years and they've raised more than $40,000 dollars worth of hair for the cause.

"It was really heartwarming," said sophomore Fionoa Holahan. "Its a good feeling knowing you're doing something for the community."

She and more than 50 other students at DSHA cut their hair during an assembly in January. The 10 inches from each girl will go to make five to six wigs.

"It will make a huge difference to the people who get those wigs," said staff coordinator Kathleen Cullen.

One of those was in attendance at the DSHA assembly. Her name is Kiah Lang and she suffers from Alopecia and doesn't have any hair on her body.

Kiah and her sister changed the words to Katy Perry's "California Girls" to "Alopecia Girls" and performed in front of all the staff and students.

They brought along their dad who said a few words about the significance of the Locks of Love wigs.

"A well made wig is the difference between someone being cooped up in their house and actually getting out and experiencing life."

Lissa deGuzman, senior, was one of the students who helped organize the assembly and she got her hair cut.

"When I held the ponytail in my hand, it was kind of surreal," said deGuzman. "It was scary but I'm glad I did it."

Stylists from Studio 890 in Elmbrook volunteered their time to cut the girls hair and even give them a style at the end.

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