Here in Humboldt County, amid the lush redwoods, rocky coastline and diverse population, there are some startling statistics. There are 58 counties in California and Humboldt is at number 56 for deaths from all forms of cancer. That means there are only two counties in all of the Golden State that rank worse when in comes to cancer deaths. In the face of such daunting facts, people often wonder what they can possibly do to help those dealing with cancer. Like actress Shailene Woodley recently did, those with long hair can donate their tresses to an organization like Children with Hair Loss.
Woodley is most-often recognized for her role as Amy Juergens on the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" which also starred Molly Ringwald. The young television star then made the jump to film and starred along George Clooney in "The Descendants." She will next be seen in "The Spectacular Now" and "Divergent." For her role in the film adaptation of John Green's novel "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley decided that the necessity of cutting off her long flowing locks should help those less fortunate. The film is about Hazel, a cancer survivor who is forced by her parents to join a support group and ends up falling in love.
The charity Woodley donated her hair to, Children with Hair Loss, is a nonprofit organization that helps children who are dealing with hair loss due to a medical condition. Children of all ages lose their hair for a variety of medical reasons, including cancer. Other medical issues that cause hair loss in children include Alopecia areata, Telogen effluvium and other medical conditions. The charitable organization doesn't charge families for children's wigs and is supported entirely by donations like Woodley's and those who make monetary donations.