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March 4, 2012

A Special Memory Before Daughter Leaves For US Army!

My sister & niece celebrate leaving for the Army!

It all started a few months ago when my niece Katie decided to join the US Army. After going through all the testing and evaluations she found out she had passed everything and is a Soldier. She leaves for Basic Training this August and my sister Susie has been having trouble with the realization of the fact that her daughter is not only leaving home but is going into the Army, which of course any mother would have these feelings.

Susie is very proud of Katie as we all are, she is an amazing young woman at the age of 19 who knows what she wants to do and is going to give 100% to serving our country and being the best she be. 

Katie is not the first one in our family to join the Army but is the first woman to do so. My father joined the Army in 1964 and served in the Vietnam War as a Platoon Sgt. in Special Forces in 1968 where he received the Bronze Star and many medals for his excellent service.

Katie's father Kenny was also in the Army right around the time Katie was born and served in did a tour in Germany and was deployed to Los Angeles to protect the community and citizens there during the LA Riots.

Today Katie decided to cut her hair so she would have plenty of time to get used to her new "Army" look. Of course she looks beautiful as she always has but what makes her even more beautiful is she and her mother have decided to donate her very long, healthy brown locks to "Locks for Love", what a wonderful way to make a good memory of this life changing event their family is gearing up for.

WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

For information on how you can donate to Locks of Love see: http://www.locksoflove.org/
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