PLATTSBURGH - Hillary Adelmann loves kids.
As a mother herself, she knows the importance of a child's self-esteem. That's why she recently donated some of her hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides hair replacement for children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, burns and other medical conditions.
"I've been growing my hair for a year and a half because I wanted to donate it," said Adelmann.
Adelmann and her mother were surfing the Internet one day to find out where she could donate her hair when her mother happened upon the Wigs for Kids Web site, www.wigsforkids.org. When they learned Wigs for Kids gives wigs to children free of charge, that sealed the deal, said Adelmann.
"My mom and I, we're very big supporters of cancer research," said Adelmann. "My grandfather died of leukemia, but, as a parent, it hits you even more, thinking about how it'd be if your child had cancer."
Adelmann reached out to hair stylist Bob Whittington of Tangles Hair Salon on Cogan Avenue, who cut 12 inches of her hair, free of charge, for the donation.
"This was new for me," said Whittington, who's dealt with other organizations like Locks of Love in the past. "This had different criteria where some sell the hair to cancer victims. We were happy to support this one that doesn't charge them anything."
"It's good, especially when they're going through a tough time," he added.
Donating hair to Wigs for Kids is something Adelmann said she'd encourage anyone to do, especially for one reason.
"Just thinking of their smiles - those little kiddy smiles," she said.