Waddington teen grows hair out to help women suffering from cancer
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 5:32 pm


WADDINGTON -- Josh Hobkirk had been growing his hair out for the past 18 months and recently decided to cut it to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

“He decided it was time to harvest his hair for the donation,” said the 10-year-old Madrid-Waddington fifth grader’s mother, Liz Hobkirk. She said the donated hair being sent in ranges in length from 9 to 11 inches.

“His father and I are very proud of his big heart and willingness to help others,” she said on behalf of her husband, Brandon.

Josh was not fazed by the teasing he got from some fellow students and even adults for growing his hair out. “I think I should start growing it out again," he said.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths partners with the American Cancer Society to provide women with completely free real-hair wigs. Pantene's Give 8 campaign encourages donations of an 8-inch ponytail or an $8 contribution to help women going through hair loss feel like themselves again.

“Josh decided to grow his hair out to donate after we read an article about Locks of Love charging cancer patients to provide wigs. We did some research and found that Pantene would be the best option for us to donate to, as they only require 8 inches and they provide wigs for free,” Liz Hobkirk said.

For more info, visit the Facebook page, Pantene Beautiful Lengths.