“Hair-Raising” Experience (VIDEO)

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Rachel Becker, Hays, sits patiently as her mother Linda puts 12 ponytails in her long hair at the Ellis County Relay for Life in Hays. Rachel sold raffle tickets for the chance to chop off her ponytails, which she donated to “Locks for Love.”

The net proceeds from today’s “Drive Fore Cancer Golf Tournament” will be added to what was raised last Friday during the 18th annual Ellis County Relay for Life at Hays Middle School.

More than 2,500 luminaries were placed around the track and then lit at dusk as walkers stopped occasionally to look at personal messages decorating the bags.

One member of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary CYO team, 16-year-old Rachel Becker, continued to raise more money for the American Cancer Society by raffling chances to cut off her long hair.

Rachel’s mom, Linda, is a stylist at Centennial Salon, and she carefully put 12 ponytails in Rachel’s hair.

The raffle winners then each got to cut off a 16-inch long ponytail.

This is the third time Thomas More Prep-Marian High School senior-to-be has donated her hair to “Locks of Love,” a program which uses human hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

“The first time, my ponytail was 12 inches long,” said Becker.  “The second time, the ponytails were between 13 and 15 inches.  This year, they’re between 15 and 17 inches, the longest ever!”

Rachel’s  CYO sponsor, Rick Binder, cut a lock and then modeled “his” ponytail under his cap before handing it over.

Rachel’s mother and her brother Alex, age 19, have also donated their hair to “Locks of Love.”