RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, August 2, 2012) – Richmond Kickers forward Jason Yeisley recently donated nearly 20 inches of hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss in the United States and Canada.
“I began growing my hair out over two years ago and decided I wanted to donate it to Locks of Love,” said Yeisley. “I don’t think people realize sometimes just how tough it might be for a young child or adolescent with hair loss from cancer or other illnesses to go about their daily lives. I admire the Locks of Love organization and what they do to improve self confidence and quality of life for these children.”
“Donating my hair was something I have always wanted to do and I am very happy it is finally long enough to give to such a great organization,” added Yeisley. “I encourage anyone who has enough hair or is considering growing their hair out to donate it to this worthwhile cause as well.”
Locks of Love strives to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions.
Established in 1998, Locks of Love provides the prostheses to boys and girls under age 21. Each hairpiece requires between 6-10 ponytails and takes approximately 4-6 months to manufacture. The retail value for each hairpiece is between $3,500 and $6,000; however, Locks of Love provides hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
Yeisley, a former FC Dallas (MLS) forward and USL PRO All-League player signed a long-term contract with the Richmond Kickers prior to the 2012 season. Splitting time between the offensive line and the defensive unit, the Penn State University graduate has notched one goal and one assist, while contributing to six shutouts during the 2012 campaign. See him in action this Friday, August 3 when the Kickers host Antigua Barracuda FC at 7:00 p.m. at Richmond City Stadium.