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Maryville student cuts hair to show suport for cure

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By Alex Wimsatt

MOUNT WASHINGTON – A little girl with a big heart recently proved that you’re never too young to make a difference.

When one of her classmates lost her mother to cancer last year, Maryville Elementary School third grader Bella Webb decided to do something to help those with hair loss due to illness.

After hearing about Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and young adults suffering from long-term medical hair loss, Bella was inspired to grow her own hair to be donated.

More than a year after she started growing her hair for Locks of Love, Bella recently had 15 inches snipped at Great Clips hair salon in Mount Washington.

Bella said her friend had no idea that she was growing her hair for Locks of Love or that the loss of her mother inspired her to do it, but she hoped it would make her happy.

Just before getting her haircut, Bella said she looked forward to having short hair, though she had always wore her hair long even before growing it out more than a foot for Locks of Love.

“At night it gets really tangly and in the morning it’s hard to brush,” Bella said of her flowing locks.

Bobbie Burton said she was proud of her daughter, adding that she was not at all surprised when Bella came to her and said she wanted to donate her hair.

“She has such a huge heart,” Burton said. “If you knew her you wouldn’t think it was unusual.”