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      Washington School heroes fighting cancer one strand at a time

      A group of Quincy students are fighting cancer one strand at a time.

      More than a dozen students, staff and parents from Washington School donated hair to the Pantene Beautiful lengths project Thursday.

      And with the snip snip of some shears students like Parker Eddy gave the gift of self confidence to a cancer patient she'll never meet.

      "I wanted people to know they can be proud of themselves and not be afraid of the situation they're in," she said.

      She's one of 12 students at the school who donated their locks to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths project, a program that gives free, real hair wigs to cancer patients who've lost their hair during treatments.

      The idea sparked between two Washington School staff members earlier this year and the excitement spread like wildfire among the student body.

      "It started with two girls and now look what happened," Para Educator Erica Kirlin said.

      While many people would be nervous to lose so much hair at once, 8-year-old Hailey Morgan never wavered as volunteer hair dressers prepped her hair for the big cut.

      "I was just thinking about who would get my hair," Morgan said.

      Jocelin Owens is doing this in honor of her Grandma Penny who lost her battle with the disease.

      "I want to help people who have cancer," Owens said.

      Each donor was given a hero's welcome from her peers before the big countdown.

      Kirlin let her boys cut her hair, while another student cut her hair in honor of a Washington School staff member who's fought her own battle.

      Each plastic bag of donated hair represents the hope of normalcy for a cancer patient - a reality not lost on these girls no matter their age.

      "I want people to be proud of themselves and I have accomplished my goal," Eddy said.

      It takes at least 8 to 15 ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig.

      Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society's wig banks.

      Have you donated your hair? Tell us your story in the comments section below or share it on our Facebook page here .