Cindy Liss is a cut above

Jul 12, 2002

A Kettering student has donated 15 inches of curly brown hair to Locks of Love, an organization that creates wigs for cancer victims.

A Kettering student has donated 15 inches of curly brown hair to Locks of Love, an organization that creates wigs for cancer victims.

Cynthia Liss had her lovely locks trimmed July 11. Her motivation: a cancer victim named Donna, 8, who she met at a cancer camp for children (Camp Quality in northwest Missouri), where Liss served as a companion.

"There were quite a few kids at the camp who were bald," Liss said. "It's a week of total fun and good times and no conversations about cancer. Donna wished she had hair. That really had an impact on me."

Donna died Dec. 20, 2001.

"I plan to do this the rest of my life," she noted, "growing and cutting my hair in remembrance of that little girl from Hawaii, whose wish was to have hair again. My hair will always grow back. My want is to help these children."

Liss, 20, of Sterling Heights, is a 2000 graduate of Bishop Foley High School and a junior at Kettering University. She is an Industrial Engineering major, whose co-op is at GM truck in Pontiac. She is a member of Rotaract service organization, National Residence Hall Honorary, Michigan Residence Hall Association, Dance Club, Women's Resource Center Historian and Society of Women Engineers.

She said Locks of Love aids the victims of cancer and other diseases by providing wigs. It takes 15 donations and four months to create a hairpiece for Locks of Love. More information is available at www.locksoflove.com.

Liss had her hair cut at Jacqui's Cut and Curl, which offers a free haircut for donors who provide at least 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love. Owner Jacqui McKellar has collected hair from 40 donors in 2002. Jacqui's Cut and Curl is located at 410 W. Flint St., Davison, Mich., (810) 653-8050.