Sometimes, it’s a best friend who lends the courage to do something good, even when it’s a bit tough. Take pre-teens Emily Cierzan and Elaina Speltz, who, after more than a year with a best friend pact to grow their hair out and donate it to cancer victims, supported one another last week when it came time to pull out the scissors.
Photo by Sarah Squires
Kendra Stoos cut 10-year-old Emily Cierzan’s hair for the Locks of Love program last week. Elaina Speltz, 9, looks on with
The jitters didn’t seem to kick in until the pair sat down for a much shorter do at Bodywork Health Spa and Salon last week. “We both want the same hairstyle, because then we’ll be more like twins, like sisters,” announced Emily when the two came prepared with a photo of the cut they’d been looking at. “Emily, it’s ok, you don’t have to be worried,” Elaina cheered.
Neither girl could quite remember what it was that sparked the idea, a pledge they made the Christmas before last. A boy at school had cancer; they spied someone lacking a wig when out and about; Mom talked us into it, they said. “Their goal was to help other kids who would be less fortunate,” said Elaina’s mom, Beverly Speltz.
Even though Emily and Elaina can’t quite remember what gave them the idea, they both hope that their donation will encourage other kids to do the same. The hair, which must be at least 10 inches long, goes to the program Locks of Love, and is used to make wigs for children battling cancer.
Decked out in new, shorter haircuts, the two really did look like a pair of twins. They sometimes talk in unison, finish one another’s sentences, and it’s hard to imagine one girl on a mission like this without the other. “We’ve been friends forever,” said Elaina.
From here, they may one day shed some locks for other kids with cancer. But Emily and Elaina are also dreaming big. “They’ve got another pact,” said Beverly. “They’re going to have a mansion....”
“And no husbands!” quipped Emily, exploding into nervous giggles as she stepped up to the chair.
To find out more about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.