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East Texas Family Spanning Four Generations Donates Their Hair

An East Texas family got a makeover this week, cutting a total of 50 inches of hair for a good cause.   Four generations of this Palestine family spent the last year growing their to get it cut off for Locks of Love.  It's a non-profit organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.  The family says they got their inspiration from a special 10 year old girl.  

At first glance, Samantha Mullins, 10 of Palestine looks like any 10 year old girl, but just a few years ago she was battling leukemia.

"She was diagnosed one day before she was a year old, and then she went through almost, not quite three years of treatment," said Linda Taylor, Samantha's grandma. At age eight, Samantha went into remission and is now living a healthy and happy life. It's her story, that inspired her Cousin Kelsey, Ant Dana, Grandma Linda, Grandpa Robert and Great-Grandma Ruth to grow their hair out.

"I don't like my hair long because I can't wear a hat, and the sun gets in my face," said Ruth Taylor, 87. Ruth may not like her hair long, but she knows it's going towards a good cause, just like the rest of the family.

"What else are you going to do with it," said Dana Wade, Samantha's ant. "They sweep it up and throw it away and some kids, it's a self esteem issue to, I mean children already have enough to go through on top of the fact they have a disease and are having to be in a hospital." With a snip here, and a snip there the locks of hair kept piling up. It was a show Samantha wasn't going to miss as she stood by with a big smile on her face.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Samantha Mullins, who survived leukemia. "I think whenever I have my hair grown a little longer I might get my hair cut like that." It's something, the family says they hope to make a family tradition, year after year.

"It will grow back, and then we will give to someone else," said Wade.   Each family member donated about 10 inches of hair. Locks of Love says it takes about six pony tails to make a hair piece for a child.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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