Giving Back

Immaculate Conception School Sixth Grader, Thomas Meehan, Grows His Hair For A Cause

cf5dd32d449e1a812805_hair.JPG
Sixth grade student, Thomas Meehan, grew his hair so that he could donate it to the non-profit organization, Children With Hair Loss. Credits: Renee Cusick
caef9064f4af960bfe8a_hair1.JPG
It took TJ Meehan one year to grow his hair to the minimum donation length of eight inches. Credits: Renee Cusick
cf5dd32d449e1a812805_hair.JPG

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Losing hair at any age is heart-breaking, but imagine being a young child or a teen and having to cope with hair loss due to an illness or medical treatment for a disease. This thought is what led Immaculate Conception School sixth grader, Thomas Meehan, to begin growing his hair.

Meehan had heard about youngsters losing their hair because of sickness or courses of treatment such as chemotheraphy that often result in hair loss. A little research with mom and dad's permission steered him toward Children With Hair Loss.

CWHL is a non-profit organization that was formed in September of 2000. Their goal is simple; providing children with medically-induced hair loss, human hair replacements for free. Initially, the organization centered on helping kids that lost their hair due to cancer treatments. However, they soon branched out to include other medical conditions like Alcopecia, Trichotillomania as well as burn-related hair loss in addition to other rare diseases and disorders that cause children to lose their hair. Currently, CWHL provides a tailor-made human hair replacement and care kit to more than 300 kids every year.

Sign Up for E-News

Any individual under the age of 21 with medically-induced hair loss can apply for a human hair replacement through Children With Hair Loss. The application process can be done online and must include doctor verification of the illness, disorder or accident causing the hair loss. Applicants also need to provide a photograph so that a hair replacement can be personally designed for the child.

The minimum hair donation to Children With Hair Loss is eight inches. Since Meehan's hair wasn't quite that long when he became interested in his charitable endeavor, he began a quest to grow his locks. The process took about a year. When Meehan's hair had reached the needed length, he headed to the salon along with his mom, Mary.

“Naturally watching the haircut brought me tears of joy," Mary Meehan said when asked about her son's selfless act. "I was so happy for him since I knew that was what he wanted and I was so proud of him. Although he has had such a short haircut like this in the past, during the summer, he looks like a completely different kid now and I miss his hair. The experience was bitter sweet.”  

It will take approximately ten weeks for Meehan to receive his certificate from Children With Hair Loss for his altruistic act.

For more information on Children With Hair Loss, visit their website. Hair as well as monetary donations are accepted by the organization.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Vets4Warriors Gives Struggling Veterans a Lifeline

February 18, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran who’s currently enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US ...

South Brunswick: Volunteer Soccer Coach Charged With Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A volunteer youth soccer coach and former Sunday school teacher is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, officials said Thursday.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Waldo Milla-Guerra, 49, at his Kendall Park home Thursday morning after executing a search warrant, officials said.

Milla-Guerra, a volunteer soccer coach with the ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

New Brunswick/Middlesex County Reentry Site Opens

February 18, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals, is pleased to announce the grand opening a new reentry site in Middlesex County on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. The office is located at 57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will offer remarks and cut ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 19

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19, 7:00 AM

Raritan Valley YMCA, East Brunswick

Presidents Celebration at the Raritan Valley Y

Other

Sun, March 4, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Staatskapelle Weimar

Arts & Entertainment

Library Hosts Program On Joint Replacement Surgery

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital partner to present the special medical program “Considering Total Joint Replacement in 2018” at the library on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.

Lead by board certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Kayiaros, the program gives a brief overview of arthritis of ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...