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Local child donates hair to Locks of Love in honor of grandmother

10-year-old Aspen Jones is quiet and anxious sitting in a stylist chair saying good-bye to about 12 inches of his hair.

He has been growing it out since the end of 2009.  His mom, Sheri Jones, says he has been teased by other students, told he looked like a girl, but Aspen knows it was worth it.

"I'm cutting my hair off to donate to locks of love."

One by one, his family members took turns cutting off sections of his hair.  Each lock that falls is in honor of his grandmother, Kay Jones, who was fighting cancer.  She passed away in October. 

"So, he got to see firsthand how someone goes through the chemo, and how losing their hair affects them," said Aspen's mother.

Sheri Jones says her son was already growing out his hair when his grandmother was diagnosed.  At first, he wanted to donate his hair to her, but then turned to kids his age who need help.

"They make it into a wig, and give it to people with cancer who have no hair," said Aspen.

 His mom says they want to use Aspen's journey as a way to inspire others.

"Go out and get involved and to do if not this, something that will help benefit others," said Jones.

Now, that his hair is cut his family jokingly says he looks like Justin Bieber.  His mom will send out several ponytails worth of hair in the mail to become a wig for a deserving child.  Aspen checks out his new look and is quick to say how he prefers his hair: long.

Aspen's mom says her son's hair is also in honor of one of his former teachers who is fighting cancer.

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