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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Finley Hospital Wednesday evening turned its cancer center into a hair salon for Locks of Love.

That's a non-profit organization that creates hairpieces for people 21 and younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

People could come into The Finley Hospital's Wendt Regional Cancer Center and donate ten or more inches of their hair.

"This is, like, I think, my third or fourth donation," donor Christy Dahlman said, with her youngest daughter in her arms. "I do it every two years, but this is her first donation."

Each hair donation finds strength in numbers, cancer center director Mike Kelly said.

"It's not like, you know, you could give just ten inches of hair and a wig could be made out of that," Kelly said. "It takes multiple, multiple donations."

One such donation came from five-year-old Ava Runde.

Her mom snapped a picture of every snip. It was a donation that represented more than just the loss of ten inches of hair.

"My friend Brooke, her mom passed away with cancer about a year and a half ago, and she was a very huge role model to Ava," Ava's mom Laura Runde said.

Runde said her friend's mom lost her hair during cancer treatment.

"There's a lot of reasons people lose their hair," Kelly said.

Locks of love said the largest number of its recipients are not cancer patients, but - rather - young people with alopecia. That's an auto-immune disorder that causes hair follicles to shut down.

Overall, the Wendt Regional Cancer Center was buzzing with the joy of giving.

"This morning she said to be that, 'Mom, Grandma Jackie's going to be proud of me,'" Runde said.

Dahlman said something similar about her young daughter.

"She's four years old and making a difference already. I'm so proud of her," Dahlman said.

People at the event could also get a pink strand of clip-in hair or support the breast cancer fundraising group "Fight Like a Girl" by buying its merchandise.

Money from all that went to support the Wendt Regional Cancer Center as well as breast cancer awareness.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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