Survivor donates hair for second time

Local cancer survivor Allie Stough recently grew her hair out for a second time to donate it for making wigs for cancer patients.

Stough, now a junior art major at Christopher Newport University and 15-year cancer survivor, was diagnosed with and had surgery for a malignant brain tumor when she was 7 years old, according to information from Nancy Alpine.  

She grew her hair during her four years at L.C. Bird High School and cut it to donate as a senior there in 2007, Alpine said.  While working on her Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in fine arts at Richard Bland College, she again grew her hair to donate.  Hair must be at least 10 inches to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, she said.

She was inspired to donate her hair in honor of her art professor Michelle Delano, who is a one-year breast cancer survivor, Alpine said.  The two of them were set to be models Sept. 10 in the Cure by Design Fashion show, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, at the Jefferson Hotel.


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