Ironton student donates hair to help cancer patients

Published 9:40 am Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tresses sent to St. Jude hospital


Ironton resident Breanna Jones, 13, displays the hair that was cut and will be donated.

ASHLAND, KY. —With her long blond locks cascading past her waist and a shy smile on her face, Breanna Dawn Jones was the picture of prettiness Tuesday as she sat down in Laura-Ashley Suttles’ cosmetology chair at Fantastic Sam’s hair salon in Ashland, Ky.

Jones left that chair with 13 inches less hair but her big heart and inner prettiness very much on display.

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Jones, 13 years old and a student at Ironton Middle School, donated her tresses to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

What made her donate her hair to a sick young person she may never meet?

“It was really long and some of the kids at school said I should cut it and donate it,” Jones said quietly.

Suttles was glad to help.

“I run into people who have family members with cancer and they appreciate that someone is willing to help others,” she said.