Cancer is not something most four year olds think about but Meghan Dietrich of St. Clements has been thinking about it a lot for the last year.
Last spring a family friend was stricken with the disease and Dietrich wanted to help them any way she could.
“We explained to her what the disease was and told her she could cut her hair for Locks of Love to help support people with cancer,” said Lindsey, Dietrich’s mother.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in Canada and the United States under the age of 21 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
The organizations mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to create the high quality hair prosthetics.
Last week Dietrich entered Guys and Dolls Salon in Elmira and had 12 inches cut from her hair after growing it out for a year.
“We are very proud of her for doing this,” said Lindsey.