BOSTON, MA (WBZ NewsRadio) — For Amanda Keane — her hair is her identity and she makes no secret on how important her long, thick blonde hair is to her.
“If I lost my hair, I would be devastated and I wouldn’t know who I was anymore because it’s such a part of my job and just my personality like ‘I’m the one with the blond hair and loud’ and like I don’t know that’s just who I am,” she said.
However, the 26-year-old television sports journalist for Springfield’s Western Mass News is donating 10-inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit, organization aimed at helping young cancer patients with wigs free of charge.
She’s also documenting her donation so that other can see what happens if they take the same steps.
“For me it’s just a haircut but for someone else it’s totally, could totally be life changing so I just appreciate even that ability and that opportunity to do something for someone else,” she said.
Keane says she made her second donation to commemorate World Cancer Day on Feb 4 after losing her aunt, who was a second mom to her, to breast cancer and all those patients struggling with cancer.
She considers them the real rock stars.
“When they lose their hair they kind of lose a little bit of their identity so getting a wig and feeling more of themselves is really important,” she said.“It grows back for me, and not everyone is that lucky,” she said.
WBZ NewsRadio’s Bill Marcus ( @BillMarcusWBZ ) reports.