This was a topic of discussion for three generations of ladies of the Williams family.
Hannah Cottam lost her father John Cottam Jr. to renal cell carcinoma in April 2000. Hannah was only eight-weeks-old at the time.
As a kindergartener, she made the decision to donate her hair in his memory to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Little did Hannah know at the time how much she would inspire others in her family to give in the same manner.
"We were touched by her deed, saw the need, and decided to do this as a family," said Hannah's mother, Carrie W. Cottam-Suber.
"We grew our hair for many months, and at times battled the urge to cut it," she said, "but the goal and need for hair always won out.
"Hannah made a second donation in memory of her father. I made a donation in honor of my friend, Martha Holland, who is currently battling caner, but doing well at this time. My niece, Rebecca, donated her hair in memory of her great-grandmother, Jean Salley, a cancer survivor who later passed from an unrelated illness," Cottam-Suber said. "My mother, Paula, and my sister, Catherine, donated their hair hoping others will see the need and do so as well."
In all, the ladies donated 52-inches of hair for the cause.
"We plan to do more research on organizations like Locks of Love, and hopefully we can alternate our donations among them. As long as we have healthy growing hair, we will continue to donate. It's amazing how a simple pony tail can make dreams come true," she said.
For more information about making a donation to Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.