Valley State Prison inmates hold up their chopped ponytails which are being donated to Locks of Love.

Valley State Prison inmates hold up their chopped ponytails which are being donated to Locks of Love.

Chopped locks donated to children battling cancer

By Carmen Maroney, Community Resources Manager
Valley State Prison

From March through April, Valley State Prison (VSP) inmates volunteered to have several inches of their hair cut and donated to the Locks of Love organization. The hair was cut at the VSP Education Department’s Cosmetology school.

The inmates had an opportunity to help children with cancer who have lost their hair.

This event was part of VSP’s ongoing efforts to honor survivors of cancer as well as those currently fighting cancer.

VSP inmates who participated said their hair will grow back but were appreciative for a chance to help others.

The hair cutting donation was supervised by the VSP Cosmetology Supervisor Carmen Shehorn.

This summer, Valley State Prison is also holding an inmate walk-a-thon. Proceeds from the summer walk-a-thon will be donated to the Locks of Love organization, American Cancer Society of Fresno and Valley Children’s Craycroft Cancer Center.