Ames Triples Cancer Donations

Debra Ienna of Safie Salon and Day Spa measures the ponytail of teacher Jennifer Rabie.

Amid clusters of pink balloons and a sea of cheering students and faculty, a group of 47 teachers and students from Massapequa High School-Ames Campus set a new record for the school.

Each took a seat at the makeshift haircutting station, set up in the school’s hallway by Debra Ienna of Safie Salon and Day Spa of Massapequa, to have their hair carefully measured and cut for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. The program transforms hair into free, high-quality wigs for patients undergoing cancer treatments. Each person who donated received a complimentary haircut and style at the salon.

More than 50 ponytails of hair was donated to the cause, after a few other ponytails from those who had recent haircuts contributed to the event, tripling the amount of ponytails collected last year.

Ames health teacher Denise Baldinger, organizer of the event, displays her ponytail.

“We had a tremendous turnout and great support from our school and faculty,” said health teacher Denise Baldinger, coordinator of the event. “We are so pleased to be able to help cancer patients feel better about their appearance as they undergo treatment by giving them the opportunity to wear a wig made with real hair.”

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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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