Wendy Turner, professor of history, is interested in all aspects of life, including helping children who have lost their hair due to medical treatments.
Since 2004, Turner has cut and donated over 6-feet of hair to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair through treatment of an illness. That is more than 10-inches taller than the demure 5-foot-2-inch history professor.
“I have been blessed to have thick hair that grows about six to eight inches a year,” Turner said. “So, I have no problem taking what I have been given to assist an organization with such a great cause.”
Turner says she became interested in donating to Locks of Love shortly after learning of a classmate’s battle with cancer. She says her classmate’s life and subsequent death inspired her to give to those who were suffering with similar illnesses.
“We all have talents and gifts that we should share with others,” Turner said. “In this case, I have been gifted with long hair, and it feels great knowing that my hair will be used to help those who are in need.”
Although Turner has already donated a commendable amount of hair, she says she is still considering cutting her hair again for the organization. However, she says it may be a while before she does since she is enjoying her new short hairstyle.
To learn more about Locks of Love, go to http://www.locksoflove.org/.