Community comes together to make "The Cut" for cancer patients

Nurses often deal with cancer patients in their day-to-day work.

Two Blessing Rieman College nurses whose lives have been personally touched by cancer decided they wanted to do more to help.

In honor of their mothers, Autumn Voss and Barb Vahle organized a day dedicated to honoring cancer patients.

"Today was about my mom," Autumn Voss said. "She died of cancer in 2011 and I wanted to do something for her in her memory."

Voss cut off nine inches of her hair. And she wasn't the only one. More than 100 ponytails were donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths project.

"It's something easy that you can do, just grow out your hair and cut it," Voss said.

The donated hair is used to make free wigs for cancer patients.

Barb Vahle knows firsthand how important a wig can be to a patient.

"My mother died from breast cancer," Vahle said. "I know when she was alive, she had a wig provided to her and she appreciated the wig. And I thought if I could do that for someone else, I wanted to give back to them."

Anyone with at least 8 inches of hair can donate to the cause. Both women said this is something easy you can do that will have a big impact in the life of a cancer patient.

"When people are losing their hair, they don't feel as beautiful as they normally do, and to give them that opportunity to go and pick out a wig in the color they choose and feel beautiful just makes a big difference in their life and it impacts their care because when you feel better, you heal better," Voss said.

"If you're able to do it, go ahead and do it. It grows back; even if it's short for a while, it will grow back," Vahle said.

Voss was surprised by the turnout and hopes to make this an annual event.

Over 200 hundred inches of hair was collected Thursday. The event was so popular it has been extended through April.

If you have what it takes to make "The Cut" just contact Studio 835 in Quincy to make an appointment.