State Supreme Court Justice donates hair to Locks of Love

CREATED Jan. 17, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 17, 2014

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I donated my hair to Locks of Love in October. In what at the time seemed like a very dramatic moment for me at the time, I decided to let Gene Mueller and Greg Matzek do the chopping. If you still haven't seen the video, it's worth a peek.

Since then, I have been blessed to hear the stories of others who have decided to donate their locks too.

Last night I got a great email from State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler. She'd put me on notice at the time that I had donated that she would not be far behind, and the pictures prove her right. Her long flowing blonde locks have been lovingly chopped and are on their way to someone who will truly appreciate her efforts.

I asked Justice Ziegler to send me a quick note to explain why she has decided to donate not just once, but several times. Here is what she had to say:

I have been donating my hair to “a cause” for the last seven years. I started in 2007 when I ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and I did not have time to cut my hair. At that time, I wore my hair in a bun. The bun just kept getting bigger and bigger as my hair grew longer and longer. Near the end of the campaign, a stylist friend of mine, Kathi Wendorff, suggested that when the campaign concluded, I should consider donating my “locks” to Locks of Love. The idea resonated with me, so I did. Since then, almost annually I have grown my hair and donated it to either Locks of Love or Pantene. As I understand it, those causes help people by providing wigs to people who cannot otherwise afford one. Kathi has cut it each time. I think I have donated my hair about 5 or 6 times now.

Unfortunately, I know too many people who have had health concerns and have lost their hair in the process of receiving treatment. Getting a wig can be a very expensive proposition, especially if it is real hair. Apparently, a real hair wig is considerably more comfortable to wear. I feel as if donating my hair is something that I can do to help people who really need compassion and care at a very vulnerable time in their lives.

Donating makes me feel good. I also know that it sets a good example for my children. My friends and family react favorably every time that I donate. I have received a number of calls from friends and family and people are excited. For whatever reason, I think that this type of donation seems to connect with people. In fact, today a lady in the chair next to me said, "I was here when you did this before. I think it was the first time you did it about 7 years ago. That’s really neat.” My son walked upstairs seeing me for the first time since this cut and he said, “Your hair doesn't even go over the back of the chair now!” He had a big smile on his face. My kids think, “It’s cool, mom.”

For me, it is easy to grow hair. Making this type of personal donation is the least I can do to try to help someone else.

I can't thank Justice Ziegler enough for sending the photos and being willing to tell her story. We can't change the world, but we can make it better in small ways each day. Kudos to her and to the rest of you who are so generous with your own ways of giving back to others.

For more information on the Locks of Love organization, click here.