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August 11, 2004

Shear Love

Alice Perez (daughter of Chicago Staff member Rosey Flores) and New York staff member Kevin Pinzon Snip Away for “Locks Of Love”

Alice Perez, the daughter of Chicago staff member Rosey Flores, and Kevin Pinzon, a Production Contract assistant in Equity’s offices in New York, both shared the same wish: to make life a little easier for financially disadvantaged children. So recently, they got out the shears and shed their locks for LOCKS OF LOVE, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children in need who suffer from medically related hair loss.

Alice is 10 years old and will be entering the fifth grade this fall – and she gets a lot of compliments about her beautiful chestnut-colored hair! Alice found about LOCKS OF LOVE through the National Cancer Foundation. She said: “There are a lot of unfortunate children who lose their hair because of an illness, and I have so much hair - why wouldn’t I ? Plus, I feel good knowing that I made somebody smile. I can’t wait till my hair grows out because I’m going to do it again.”

Kevin first learned about LOCKS OF LOVE on television. While watching stories about children who are affected by debilitating illnesses, his heart began to break and he felt compelled to do something.

“The motivation for cutting my hair stems from the realization that someone with a disease could benefit from my donation. We live in a world where appearances are everything. I’m always worrying about how my hair looks, so I have to remind myself how fortunate I am and feel grateful that it has not been taken away due to illness.”

Steve DiPaola, Equity's National Director for Adminstration added: "It's nice to know that besides providing professional service to our members, our employees - and their families - also recognize the importance of helping their communities."

For children suffering this acute medical condition, the gift of a hair prosthetic can be an enormous boost for their self-esteem and self-confidence. For more information about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.





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