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Mother, daughter donate 16 inches of hair for cancer patients

Eight-year-old Leah Pedersen, a student at Big Park Community School, said she was happy she and her mom could cut and donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths together.

Eight-year-old Leah Pedersen, a student at Big Park Community School, said she was happy she and her mom could cut and donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths together.

Eight-year-old Leah Pedersen sat in her booster seat Tuesday afternoon as a stylist at Teaser's salon in Cottonwood put eight inches of her long blonde hair into a ponytail and snipped it through.

The student at Big Park Community School said she was happy she and her mom could cut and donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths together.

"I really feel bad for the people who have cancer and I thought, well it would be kind of sad not to have hair," Pedersen said.

Village of Oak Creek resident Heather Klomperans, mom to Leah and her 6-year-old brother Carter, said she and her daughter have been growing out their hair for years.

"We just both kind of started growing our hair out, and then talked about it and decided to do it together," Klomperans said. "My sister did it, so I asked her about it."

They considered other programs at first, but settled on Pantene because it only required eight inches of hair.

Beautiful Lengths is the product of a sponsorship between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. According to the program's website, more than 400,000 ponytails have been donated.

Klomperans said her family hasn't been touched by cancer, but that she and her daughter wanted to donate.

"Leah thought it would be fun," she said.

The 8-year-old settled on a chin-length bob for her new style.

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