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Lewiston senior uses class project to help cancer patients
Lewiston senior uses class project to help cancer patients

A 17-year-old Lewiston High School senior is asking for the public's help in completing her senior project. Alexis Shriver's project is on the psychological effects of cancer within the family, and she hopes to interview people with firsthand experience of having someone with cancer in their family and how their diagnosis affected them.

For her volunteer hours, Shriver wants to get over a hundred people to donate their hair to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths, which will use the hair to make wigs for cancer patients of all ages.

Shriver chose this as her project due to the fact that cancer is a big part of her family. "It first touched my life in elementary school when my aunt, Heidi Shriver, was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and passed away when I was in the 6th grade. More recently though, a great aunt of mine, Patty K. Reggear, was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since beat her diagnosis!"

Shriver says many people overlook the fact that cancer affects more than just the patient. "It changes the whole family dynamic. This topic hits close to home with me and I want to get the most out of it as I can."

Shriver says those who would like to donate their hair can do so at whichever salon they go to. All they have to do is have the hairdresser put the pony tail or brade into a Ziploc bag. "I am sending all of the pony tails after my presentation in the spring so they do not have to worry about shipping it. I can pick up the pony tails at their hairdressers or find a meeting place to get them," she says.

There are some restrictions, Shriver says, "such as no bleached hair will be accepted due to the wig making process. You only have to donate 8 inches of your hair."

Shriver says not everyone has long enough hair to help, "but if you do, you would make a difference in someone else's life. I want over a hundred people to donate with me, yes I am cutting my hair too, since it takes more than 1 pony tail to make a single wig. It actually takes around 4 or 5 to make a single wig."

Shriver will be accepting donations all year long until she gives her presentation in the spring, so you have a few more months to grow a more hair if you need it. "I would really appreciate any help that can be given," she says. You can email Shriver at ashriver1996@gmail.com for more information, and find more information on Pantene's Beautiful Lengths at http://pantene.com/beautiful-lengths .


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