PENINSULA - Kimberly and Brittany Waltemate recently participated together in the Locks of Love program, in which volunteers grow their hair long and have it cut to donate to patients who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other medical issues.
Kimberly, a Pacific County pharmacist, had this to say about their experience:
"As many of you know, Brittany and I have been growing our hair long to donate it to Locks of Love. This is Brittany's second time to do it, she has been growing her hair since the last time three years ago. At the time they were only accepting non-colored and non-gray hair so I couldn't participate. Since then they have broadened who receives the wigs and will now take colored hair.
"When I worked in South Bend I was involved with a group that helps local cancer patients by making dinners and helping financially. Last year was the first annual dinner and auction, our biggest fund-raiser. When I found out I could donate my hair I started growing it.
"Saturday was the big night! It was really fun. We went up on stage and they cut at least 10 inches off of our hair, then we went into another room where the hair stylists finished cutting and styling our hair and put make-up on us. Then we were presented back on stage."
Brittany is a fourth grader at Star of the Sea School in Astoria.