Cayuga Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held a dual fundraiser for Locks of Love and Baby Easton Friedel on December 7 at the Auburn Campus student lounge, raising $2,100 for Baby Easton and six ponytails for Locks of Love. The event brought together the College and the community to raise donations for these two precious causes and featured raffles, refreshments, face painting, and a coloring contest.
Baby Easton was born on August 23, 2012, at Auburn Community Hospital with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic skin disease that causes skin to be so fragile that heat, touch, or injury can result in blisters or detachment. The PTK fundraiser was held to assist with expenses for the baby’s intensive medical care, as well as to help Baby Easton’s family feel supported by the community.
Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Hair cutting for the PTK fundraiser was donated by Kimmy Daigle at the Hair Studio in Auburn. PTK also encouraged those who were donating hair to request pledges for their donation to further support the fundraiser. All hair donations received at the event went to Locks of Love, and all financial donations were sent to Baby Easton’s family.
“It’s heartwarming to see our community come together to help one of our own,” said Shannon Reohr, mathematics professor and PTK co-advisor along with Kathy Gross. Members of the Cayuga community as well as several area businesses contributed raffle items to help with the fundraiser, including an ipad2, artwork, pizza, a bike, gift baskets, a camera, and gift certificates for an oil change. “Thank you to everyone for contributing and helping to make our fundraiser a success,” Reohr said.