By Robin Alberti
Adults (back row, left-right): Cathy Foutch, Killington recreation director; Jodi LeBrun, teacher; Beth Sarandrea, mom and owner of Liquid Art; and Erica Hurd, Mountain Cuts Salon. Kids (front row, left-right): Allison Daigle, 5th grade; Samantha Daigle, 3rd grade; Temprence Norton, 1st grade; Bree Sarandrea, Kindergarten; and Aulani Rodriguez, Kindergarten.
KILLINGTON— Jodi LeBrun, kindergarten teacher at Killington Elementary School, donates her hair to Pantene Beautiful Length every two-three years. Her cousin’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago.
“I do this in honor of her. It’s a way I feel like I can give back,” she told The Mountain Times. This sense of caring and generosity she has instilled in her son, Griffin. “Every year Griffin always “donate’s’ his birthday. In lieu of presents, he has guests at his birthday party bring donations to some cause, like The Humane Society or United Way.”
“This year I am donating my birthday, so Griffin will get presents on his birthday for the first time,” she said with a smile.
Her generous spirit spread. After making the announcement last week, a few students, a mom and Killington’s new recreation director stepped forward to help the cause as well. Pantene Beautiful Lengths makes wigs for people who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment.
Erica Hurd from Mountain Cuts Salon, in Killington, donated her time and skills.
“Eight inches in the minimum length for donations,” Hurd explained.
When asked why she was donating her hair, Beth Sarandrea, mother of kindergartener Bree, and Owner of Liquid Art with her husband Jimmy, said “Bree wanted to do it so I told her I would if she would. Jimmy has never seen me with hair this short.”
At the event, a sixth grade student, Zev Wysocki spoke up. “My Mom lost all her hair when she had chemo. It was a long time ago, when I was in preschool.”