Hillsboro fourth-grader Katie Evans had let her hair grow since 2008 before getting a haircut Oct. 2.
Her mother told her about Locks of Love, a charity that provides wigs for children who have lost their hair because of illness or burns. Katie’s hair met the requirements for donation.
Katie decided to donate her hair because her grandfather died of cancer and her aunt had cancer — some cancer treatments cause patients to lose their hair. She donated 10 inches of her light-brown hair.
She said she had to adjust to having her hair short, but it is long enough that she can tie it back, out of her face.
“It definitely took some getting used to,” Katie said.
Many people have told her that they like her new haircut, but Katie doesn’t plan to keep it the same. She wants to grow her hair out so she can donate it again.
“I was kind of worried that people would make fun of me,” she said, but she knew she had a good comeback.
“I did it for a good cause,” she said.
Gary and Becky Evans of rural Marion are Katie’s parents.