The Marietta College softball team will be sponsoring their second annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths event on Saturday to support cancer patients and survivors through hair donations, and are looking for members of the campus and local community to participate.
The Beautiful Lengths campaign, a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, looks to improve the quality of life for women fighting cancer by providing them with free real-hair wigs. So far, they have provided women with over 18,000 wigs, making Pantene Beautiful Lengths the country's largest donor of real-hair wigs.
Head softball coach Jeanne Arbuckle brought this campaign to the campus last year, and with the support of her team, has decided to make it an event Marietta College will host annually.
"Everyone on the softball team has been touched by cancer in one way or another," said Arbuckle.
The making of these wigs are expensive. Since many women battling cancer cannot afford them, the demand is high for Beautiful Lengths to keep producing real-hair wigs. Therefore, the softball team is looking for as many donations as possible.
"Our goal is to collect 10-12 ponytails," said Arbuckle. "Thus far this year we've had eight people commit to the project and we're hoping to have more."
Last year two people donated, including Hannah Tarski, a junior on the softball team.
In order to donate, hair must be at least 8 inches in length when straight, no more than 5 percent gray, and free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments. Vegetable and semi-permanent dyes are acceptable.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Marietta College softball field prior to the Pioneers' doubleheader with John Carroll University.