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Lots of locks, lots of love

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

This is the third time Emilee Jones, a seventh grader at Paducah Middle School, has donated her hair to Locks of Love.

She gave 13 inches of her hair when she was in the second grade, 11 inches when she was in the fourth grade, and she donated 12 inches Friday during the 11th annual haircutting ceremony at the school.

"It makes me cry every time," said her mother, Marilee Jones, who is also an art teacher. "When she first heard about Locks of Love ... she didn't just want to cut her hair, she wanted it to mean something."

Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides real hair wigs to children suffering from hair loss due to a medical condition.

Sixty-four people have donated hair since the Locks of Love Club began at the middle school in 2003. This year, Emilee Jones was joined by Bailey Clark, also a seventh grader.

Clark was quite nervous about the haircut, but was confident that she was doing it for the right reasons.

"I know somebody who has cancer," she said. "It really makes me feel good to help them."

Principal Stacey Overlin said this ceremony reminds students that good health is a blessing and shouldn't be taken for granted.

"And that there are a lot of ways big and small to help other people."

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.

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