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Locks of Love

12/11/2003:   Locks of Love is a nonprofit group that provides free custom-fitted hair prostheses to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term or permanent hair loss.

The organization serves children under 18 suffering ill effects from Alopecia, burns, extended chemotherapy, radiation to the brainstem, trichotillomania, ectodermal dysplasia, injury, or any other medical cause of hair loss.

A great resource for children, Locks of Love does not currently have a waiting list and would love to help more children reclaim their self-esteem and feel better about their appearance.

The vacuum-fitted hair prosthesis provided to children are generally priced at $3,500 to $6,000 in the retail market but free to kids in need.

Applicants just need to send in a photo, diagnosis, two letters of recommendation, and documentation of financial income; they are generally notified two to three days later.

The organization has yet to turn down an applicant who is under 18, financially disadvantaged, and suffering from long-term hair loss. Once in the program, children can receive a new hairpiece every two years.

If you know of a child who might be able to benefit from Locks of Love, call toll-free 888/896-1588, or visit www.locksoflove.org.

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