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Lawton student donates to Locks of Love

Lawton_A Lawton elementary school student is using his hair to spread love.  At an assembly on Tuesday at Hugh Bish Elementary, second grader Justin Kinard got his hair buzzed in front of a crowd of his fellow classmates and friends.  He said he felt very nervous, and that the razor tickled.  Justin began growing his hair out last year to reach the 10-inch donation requirement for the charity. 

Justin said he has several very close, personal reasons for donating his hair to Locks of Love - his former teacher, his father, and his grandfather.  In a special assembly at school, Justin's hair was ceremoniously shaved off in honor of his grandfather and his former teacher, Cathy Cagle - both battled cancer and Cathy's cancer went into remission.

Before the buzzing, Justin said he had a few butterflies in his stomach.  "I decided to do this because my dad did it - he did it once," he said.  "Then I decided to do it because I wanted to do it, and I wanted to see what it feels like." 

Justin's former teacher Cathy Cagle says Justin's hair will mean the world to someone suffering from cancer who is losing their hair due to radiation treatments.  "To everybody there it's like finding a piece of gold," she said.  "Getting the correct wig to go with their hair - we cry over the hair styles for one another." 

When it came time to clip, Justin was ready, and Justin's dad Tim was bursting with pride.  "I donated last year," he said.  "I grew mine out when I retired from the Army and donated.  He saw me donate, and he said he wanted to be like dad."  Fellow students also chimed in with their thoughts on the trim.  "I can not really believe it because I'm not really sure how his mom got him to do it I guess," said fellow student Mathew Sellon.

Justin's grandfather, Jack, is a cancer survivor, and he helped to cut Justin's hair.  "I enjoyed it today," he said.  "I think it was a very nice gesture that he would do something like this.  "It just brings great joy to my heart - what a tender heart Justin has for others."

Justin's father challenged the students at Hugh Bish to donate their hair to Locks of Love, too.  The process of creating a hair piece takes about four months, and the organization has helped more than 1,000 children since it was founded 10 years ago.

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