Students shave heads for solidarity with cancer patients

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Karla Larios Garcia has over a foot of her hair sectioned and snipped off by Deborah Dolbec during a fundraiser event at Infant Jesus School in Nashua.
Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Gabriel Tifone-Gravel has his hair buzzed by Dena Rollins to show his support for kids with cancer during a fundraiser event at Infant Jesus School in Nashua. haircuts
Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Brianna Peterson, 8, gets a few inches taken off her hair during the event.

NASHUA – Students at the Infant Jesus School in Nashua donated hair to or shaved their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer Friday evening at their end of the year barbecue and fundraiser.

Gabriel Tifone-Gravel, 9, whose blonde locks quickly disappeared in favor of a military haircut, joined Karla Larios Garcia, 10, as the first two students to go all-out with their new summer hair cuts. Karla’s long hair was divided into sections before it was measured and snipped by Deborah Dolbec in a lengthy process that left her with a new, much shorter haircut.

“Your hair is going to grow back a lot faster than (it will) for the kids with cancer,” Matt Gravel, fundraising and alumni chairperson for the school, said. “What you kids are doing is amazing.”

What makes it even more special, Gravel said in an earlier interview, is that compared to a food or clothing drive where parents usually buy the goods, these kids made a personal sacrifice to help children around their own age in the Wigs for Kids Program.