Addie Sanders said she didn’t think twice when she got more than eight inches of her hair cut off.

“I didn’t mind at all,” she said.

But it wasn’t a new look that inspired her hair cut. She wanted to “help people without hair get hair.”

The 7-year-old Hilldale second-grader made this decision after her great-aunt, Alfreeda Christian, was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

“Stage four means its terminal,” said Becky Sanders, Christian’s niece and Addie’s mother.

Christian said throughout her X-rays and checkups, the doctors kept bringing the term cancer up, and that was her first clue.

“They would point at something on the X-ray, and say, ‘This is cancerous,’ but it wasn’t until she came out of her MRI, that she knew for sure.

“I found out in September,” Christian said. “It’s not like the doctors come right out and tell you, you have cancer. It’s everything leading up to it.”

So far, Christian hasn’t slowed down, and her cancer is in remission. So she should be able to fish, attend ball games, and camp in the back yard with Addie when it gets warmer.

“I love camping and fishing,” Addie said.

Christian said her family loves the outdoors.

“We do it all,” she said. “I have been getting tired lately, but I don’t let that keep me down.”

Addie decided she wanted to help others with cancer have the chance for hair again.

“We chose the Pantene site for two reasons,” Sanders said. “The length needed is two inched shorter than what Locks of Love needed. And all the hair collected is specifically used for women.”

Pantene and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have partnered to create Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Much like Locks of Love, the program only requires eight inches of hair for donation.

According to, it takes six to eight ponytails to make a wig. The wigs are hand tied and then given to the American Cancer Society’s extensive network of wig banks.

Christian said she began to lose her hair after her second chemo treatment.

“It was coming out everywhere,” she said. “I would find it in the sink, in the shower and on my shoulders.

Christian said she wasn’t too upset by the loss of her hair.

“I just shaved it off,” she said. “It wasn’t the most important thing in my life, so I didn’t mind too much.”

Sanders said it was important to her daughter, Addie, to do this for women who are battling cancer.

“She wanted to do it,” Sanders said. “And now she has a new hairstyle.”

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