Sussex Tech senior holds hair drive to help women battling cancer
GEORGETOWN, Del. – With each cut, Sophie Hanenfeld is one step closer to her goal of helping women battling cancer get their confidence back, by getting students to cut and donate their hair that will be made into wigs for women who’ve lost their own hair to chemo.
“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last September or October. She had to shave her head when she had chemo right now she’s going through treatment and she’s happy that I’m donating,” said Matthew Ryan.
Hanenfeld says she started the hair drive, now in it’s 2nd year, after she donated 10 inches of her hair in memory of her grandmother who battled breast cancer.
She says after she donated she became inspired, and wanted to encourage others to do the same.
“Just knowing that I was able to make a difference and inspire others to get in on this cause it really makes me happy to know that,” said Hanenfeld.
And her passion and selflessness is already inspiring others to do the same.
“A lot of people don’t know the struggles that the women go through of losing their hair and just knowing that I can make a difference means a lot,” said Carolina Culley.
Hanenfeld says last year’s drive collected 17 ponytails, enough to be made into two wigs for women who lost their hair due to cancer treatment. She also says that although she’s graduating this year, the hair drive will still be an annual event and other students will carry on her legacy. The one catch this year is that Pantene Beautiful Lengths, told them they are not accepting human hair for wigs anymore, so Hanenfeld is currently looking for another organization to donate the hair to.