Girls give up long, flowing locks for charity

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
— “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!”

If you had dumped a bucket of ice water on her, you might have gotten a similar reaction from Teryn Bordwell, 14.

She had just lost about half the length of her hair.

She was one of five members of the Craig High School Cross Country Team who agreed to give up big, shiny locks for charity Tuesday night.

The girls had a hard time getting over it. They pulled on their shortened strands and ran their fingers through their hair again and again after being shorn.

“Oh my gosh, it’s a nub!” Teryn exclaimed as she pulled her remaining hair into a stubby ponytail in front of a mirror at Studio 107 in downtown Janesville.

“I’ve never had short hair. It’s always been long. It’s weird to have it short,” she said.

“You just spend all this time growing your hair, and in a second, it’s gone,” said Regina Griffith, a 17-year-old senior. “It’s a shock.”

More than a shock, the girls seemed to be feeling genuine loss.

“Girls just like long hair. I don’t know what makes it so special,” said Jill Castro, a 16-year-old junior.

At the end of last year’s cross country season, Coach Brian Lawton asked the girls team to get involved in community service. More specifically, he suggested they donate their hair to charity.

This year’s team had 30 girls. Five had their long hair cut short Tuesday.

“A lot of them don’t have very long hair or aren’t very brave,” said another of the brave ones, Danica Reinicke, a 15-year-old sophomore.

Rounding out the group was Rachel Gilmore, a junior who turns 17 today.

“For some girls, giving up their hair is kind of a big deal, and it means something. It’s going to live longer than just an afternoon (of community service),” said assistant coach Jessica Lawton.

“It’s short, but it went to a good cause,” Jill said.

The hair is destined for Wigs for Kids, which supplies wigs to children who have lost hair from burns, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, or other medical circumstances and can’t pay for their own hairpieces.

The girls could not get over their loss at Studio 107 in downtown Janesville, where the cutting took place. One even shed tears. Some parents stood by proudly and took photos.

“I loved her long hair. All these girls just did so much,” said Teryn’s mother, Kaaren Bordwell, adding:

“It grows back.”

Last updated: 11:41 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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