Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Henderson Elementary School family was rocked in September of 2013 when fourth grader Emily Brinlee was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then the school has rallied around the student, sporting bandana's on Thursdays, and raising more than 1,500 dollars to help with medical expenses.
But at the last assembly of the school year, one student made a donation in support of his classmate, 10 inches of hair.
Senio Nuu is a 1st grader at Henderson and recently told his mom he not only wanted to cut his long hair, but that he wanted to donate it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that makes hair pieces and wigs for children with cancer.
Nuu's hair was longer than the 10 inch requirement, so it was just a matter of getting it to the right people. That's where school nurse Rachel Smith stepped in. She set Nuu and his mom Diana Carabajal with Hairitage Salon. They came to Henderson on Wednesday afternoon to collect the hair and ship it to California. Locks of Love accepts almost any type of hair as long as it's 10 inches and in a braid. The only kind they don't accept is bleached hair. It takes anywhere from six to ten ponytails to make a wig.
Nuu said he was nervous to get it cut, but that he likes his new style. Mom Diana said it'll be nice not to have to wash so much hair anymore, and that Senio won't be mistaken for a girl anymore.