Beating illness one hair at a time |

Beating illness one hair at a time

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is looking for a few good heads.

The local charity is hooking up with an organization called Locks of Love to collect as much hair as possible to be made into wigs for children suffering from alopecia areata, a disease that causes long-term hair loss.

The local effort is being spearheaded by four women with hair to spare: New New Wallace, Dagmar Huber, Margie Johnson and Prisca Boris. They’re putting their heads in the hands of hairdressers at Riverwalk’s Cuts and Tans – and the women want others to do the same.

The women are also looking for sponsors to contribute what Wallace calls “a large, tax-deductible pile of American dollars” for those being cut for the cause. They’re looking for about $10 an inch.

Anyone can donate hair, and anyone can donate money, says Wallace. They’re not proud – they’ll take either.

“We know you want to do something good for someone else, and this is an easy way to do it,” said Wallace. “It won’t cost you a dime. Maybe just a little vanity.”

Besides providing hair for Locks of Love, the event is also a fund raiser for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund – the same folks who gave you the famous, or infamous, Vail Undressed calendar.

“Every month we have to turn people away because we don’t have the funds,” said Wallace, a Vail Valley Charitable Fund board member. “We’re not sending anyone to Acapulco. We’re helping people feed their kids and keep their phones working so they can talk to their mothers while they’re dying of cancer.

“This is a real place, and people here have real problems.”

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund helps people who are faced with medical crises and need some financial help.

“Do something,” said Wallace. “If you have money, give that. If you have time, give that. If you have hair, give that. This is something people can do who don’t have much. It’s a pretty cool thing that anyone can do.”

Huber is the archer from the Vail Undressed calendar, her hair strategically placed. That hair, however, is about to go to an even better place.

“People are walking up to me and saying “You’re the one in the calendar, I recognize your hair,'” said Huber. “They won’t recognize it much longer.”

Huber practices the healing arts. She’s had long hair since the seventh grade and is working through a few issues as its impending departure date draws nearer.

“I never thought I’d be so attached to it,” she said. “I do healing work, and I try to help people get through whatever attachments are hindering the healing. It’s been an interesting process to deal with my own attachments.”

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