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State Honoree

Britta Cook

Wisconsin

Britta Cook, 13, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., an eighth-grader at Chippewa Falls Middle School, organized a “hair-a-thon” to benefit a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from medical hair loss. After watching a television program on the “Locks of Love” organization, Britta realized that “there were people out there – kids – who needed something that I had, and I wanted to make a difference in their lives,” she said. She immediately canceled a pending haircut appointment and let her hair grow for the next three years. As her hair approached a sufficient length, she persuaded a local beautician to donate her services during a one-day hair-a-thon to anyone who could contribute at least 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love. Britta publicized the event through the news media and recruited classmates to place posters around town. Enough hair was collected that day to make one full hairpiece for a child in need. Britta is currently growing her hair out again for her next hair-a-thon, and several classmates have pledged to do the same. “Because of this activity, children will have a greater chance of living their dream of having real hair,” said Britta.