Randi donates her hair to Locks of Love. (Photo/ Velick)

Donating Locks for Love

Randi donates her hair to Locks of Love. (Photo/ Velick)

When Randi Velick chopped off her long locks of hair, she kept her goal in mind: help those with cancer.

Randi donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that “provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering form long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis,” for her Bat Mitzvah project. She had her Bat Mitzvah on January 15 at Temple Emanuel in Denver.

Randi is photographed after donating her hair to Locks of Love. (Photo/ Velick)

Locks of Love’s mission is to “return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.”

There are countless organizations aimed to help children with cancer. So why did Randi decide to take matters into her own hands by donating two ponytails of about 14 inches, between her and her sister?

“I know people who have had breast cancer,” Randi said. “Friends have had breast cancer.”

Randi said that she is not sure how she decided to donate her hair, but she knows people who have done the same thing and friends that have had breast cancer are certainly an influence.

“I’d recommend that others do the same thing,” Randi said.

In honor of Randi’s bat mitzvah, and with the support of the 18 Pomegranates Foundation, Boulder Jewish News is making a contribution to Locks of Love. To donate to Locks of Love, or to learn more about the organization, visit http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html.  Know a teen working on a mitzvah project in the Boulder area? Connect with Sara@boulderjewishnews.org to learn how to share your project information with the community.

About Sara Fruman

Sara Juliet Fruman is the first Boulder Jewish News intern and is also social media outreach editor for CUIndependent.com. She's originally from the suburbs of New York City, and she's a Yankee fan. She's a social media and new media enthusiast. Sara is a proud Zionist and Jew. She's obsessed with music, especially the Beatles. She's also interested in pop culture and comedy. In her free time, she likes to ski, read, write and relax with friends. Follow her on Twitter: @CUJewishBuffs, @cuindependent and @sarajuliet.

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  1. How wonderful! Our oldest is planning on doing the same thing!

    Mazel tov to the Velick's!