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5-year-old, grandmother give gift of hair together

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Reagan Hartley, 5, got her first haircut recently. As she swung her ahead around to feel how light it was, a smile spread across her face.

That smile was actually for another little girl, however the girl who will benefit from the 12 inches of hair Reagan donated to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a program through which people can donate locks of hair at least 10 inches long to be made into wigs and hairpieces for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer and other medical conditions.

"It will make another little girl that is sick happy," Reagan, the daughter of David and Dawn Harley of Bellevue, told the group assembled to watch the event. Her older brother Alex, her mother and both grandmothers went to Tranzitionz, in Bellevue, to see owner Angie Mougey give Reagan her first haircut.

"We had a shop full of people," said Sharon Nead, of Norwalk, Reagan's paternal grandmother.

"Her mother explained the concept to her," Nead said. "Her mother told her there are sick children that need wigs. Then Reagan made her own decision."

She said the youngster likes her new, shorter haircut and now is asking her mother for another change purple streaks.

"She'll just get the temporary ones," her grandmother said with a laugh.

"I think it's terrific," Nead said. "It was a very special thing for her to do."

She was inspired by her granddaughter to make her own donation.

"I cut mine off too," she said. "Mine had not been cut in nine years so it was long enough. My new cut feels great.

"While Angie was doing my granddaughter's hair, I asked her if she could do mine too. We were her last customers of the day so she just stayed."

Reagan, who attends pre-school at Shumaker Elementary in Bellevue, should feel great. She not only helped one child, she got her grandmother to join in so help another.

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