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Bruins make a difference for children with hair loss

Photo by Christelle Nahas.
Photo by Christelle Nahas.
Around 200 Bruins and members of the UCLA community dropped by campus for free haircuts Thursday to donate more than 2,300 inches of their tresses to make children's wigs.
The UCLA Alumni Scholars Club sponsored the fundraiser, partnering for the sixth year in a row with the nonprofit Locks of Love, which turns the hair into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness. Long-locked Bruins with 10 or more inches to spare donated their hair with the help of supervised student stylists from the Vidal Sassoon Academy and the Aveda Institute.

This same event last year resulted in more than 2,000 inches of donated hair, making it the single largest Locks of Love university event in the country, said Addison Yang, director of marketing for the Alumni Scholars Club.
Jaclyn Valdez, a second-year UCLA student and Alumni Scholar, donated in honor of her childhood friend, Alyssa, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the 5th grade and underwent treatment until she passed away at the age of 15. Friday marks the third anniversary of her passing.

“Alyssa was one of the most incredible people I have ever met,” Valdez said. “Despite losing her hair and enduring chemo and radiation treatments, she was always one of the happiest people I've known. ... I am donating in honor of Alyssa because I believe that it is something that she would have done if she had had the chance.”
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