March 4, 2011

Girls generosity garners thanks from Fisher Cats

Londonderry High School students Sydney Lagueux, left, and Kirsten Malloy were the
winners of a special raffle prize, courtesy of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Union Leader Correspondent
LONDONDERRY -- Their hair may be a bit shorter these days but that won’t stop Londonderry High School “angels” Sydney Lagueux and Kirsten Malloy from throwing out the first pitch at an upcoming New Hampshire Fisher Cats game.
Sydney, a sophomore, and Malloy, a junior, donated
 their hair during 
the high school’s Celebration of Giving on Jan. 7. All 209 donors were entered into a raffle and given the chance to win the grand prize: an afternoon with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats sometime in the coming season, complete with great seats, snacks during the game, and the chance to get their picture taken with Fungo, the team’s mascot. The girls stopped by the stadium earlier this week to pick up their prize. 
Londonderry High School has hosted a mass haircutting event for Pantene Beautiful Lengths for the past five years. The charity encourages men and women to grow, cut and donate their hair to make free wigs for those who have lost their own hair during cancer treatments. 
A track athlete, Sydney said she decided to donate her hair for the second time after being struck by the “unique and powerful” feeling she experienced at last year’s Beautiful Lengths event. 
Malloy, whose mother lost her battle with cancer last year, said she decided to donate her hair after experiencing the effects of chemotherapy close to home. 
“Any chance to make a cancer patient’s struggle a little easier, I’m going to take it,” the varsity basketball player said. Malloy hopes to donate her hair again next year. She said her goal is to donate for four consecutive years. 
Londonderry High School teacher Steve Juster, who organizes the high school’s Beautiful Lengths event each winter, said the boxes of donated hair gathered during this winter’s pep rally and the weeks to follow, would be sent out for wig production early next week. 

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