WALLINGFORD, Conn. - On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Quinnipiac men's ice hockey defenseman Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) donated his hair to Locks of Love, a charitable organization that collects hair to be made into wigs for children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Dalhuisen's mother, Romy, succumbed to leukemia in 2009 just before he came to Quinnipiac. During her two battles against leukemia, Mike founded LiveHockey, a charitable organization that raises money through the sale of bracelets and hats to benefit leukemia research.
"There are tons of people, who are sick, who lose their hair, like my mom," Dalhuisen said. "Although she looked beautiful with a bald head, some other people are not as comfortable with it. Since I can grow my hair naturally, I may as well help those people out and make them feel better during their tough times."
Locks of Love's mission statement is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
Dalhuisen visited M. Salon & Spa on North Colony Road in Wallingford, Conn. on Tuesday, where stylist Katie Pieta parted his hair - which had flowed well below his shoulders - and placed them in two ponytails. After cutting the ponytails off, she gave them to Dalhuisen, who will send them to Locks of Love. The cut was complimentary, donated by the salon and Pieta.
"As more people hear about this, it's become very popular," spa manager Desiree MacDonald said. "We get about five to eight people a month, but that's been increasing. I think it's great what Mike is doing."
For more information on Locks of Love, individuals can visit www.locksoflove.org.