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Carlsbad School Helps Kids With Cancer, One Lock at a Time

More than two dozen students and staff at La Costa Meadows Elementary donate their hair to Locks of Love.

Andrea Revell calls them her pink angels:  the 28 students, staff and parents at La Costa Meadows (LCM) Elementary who decided to donate their hair to Locks of Love.  The non-profit organization makes wigs for children battling cancer  Hair was cut during a school assembly on October 12.

“It’s just awesome that they are doing this,” said Revell, a kindergarten teacher at LCM who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. “I had mammograms every year like I was supposed to.  Nothing came up until 2009.”

Revell’s original pink angel is Renee Mone, a second grade teacher at the school who jumped into action right after the diagnosis.

“Mrs. Revell is one of my very best friends,” said Mone.  “I took her to chemotherapy and really started to see how a simple wig can make such a difference when someone is fighting cancer.”

So Mone decided to organize a Locks of Love event at LCM.  She and her three daughters all donated their hair.  Hundreds of people dressed in pink applauded as pony tails and braids were cut off.  Revell and others who have either fought cancer or had a loved one afflicted, had the honor of doing the cutting. 

The school’s office manager, Ana Ruiz, chopped off Mone’s hair.  Ruiz was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“This is just so amazing, to see all of these students and the staff being so generous,” said Ruiz.

After the cutting ceremony, five stylists gave the donors free hair cuts in the school cafeteria.

“Your beautiful hair can make such a difference,” said Mone.  “It’s just hair to us but it’s a simple gift that can make someone else smile.”

Heather Zevely October 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thanks Jim... and thanks for taking such beautiful shots! :)
Renee October 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Thank you both for covering an incredible event at LCM! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible giving kids!! Just wait till next year!
Patricia October 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
As always, we are proud to be LCM parents!!
Dave Brunette October 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
This is for all the Special Children who made such a personal sacrifice to help other children fighting cancer; these are incredible children, to think of the needs of others at such a young age! such a blessing to have children who care so much to help others. My wife Mona who is a two time cancer survivor was very touched by this story. Special Thanks to all the children for their donation, the Teachers who coordinated this event and the stylists ! Ps...The pictures were Great....OK.... maybe Beautiful! Thank You Ryleigh for sharing your story !!
Skip Stein October 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
A wonderful thing you all have done for children with cancer or other disease that makes them loose their hair. You are all more beautiful now and when you all look at your new bobbed hair styles, you know your hair has become something special for another child. I am proud of all the LCM girls, teachers and parents.

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