Resident donates long locks

DOWNEY - Downey resident Gwynn Gustafson grew her hair for three years to celebrate her 65th birthday with twin sister Gail, who died from cancer at the age of 57.Gustafson donated the hair to organizations that create wigs for cancer patients who lost their hair from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Gustafson went to Salon Zorina because the owner is familiar with how to cut hair for donation. Then, following guidelines laid out on their websites, she donated her 14-inch long hair to Wigs for Kids and Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. Wigs for Kids required 12 inches regardless of the gray and Pantene required a minimum 8 inches and only 5 percent gray. Along with the hair, Gustafson also sent a monetary donation to Wigs for Kids. "I encourage all the readers of The Downey Patriot to consider this selfless act," Gustafson said. "It was fun and felt so good to remember my sister this way." For more information on donating hair, visit or

********** Published: April 23, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 1