Love spurs loss of locks



January 28, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Five-year-old Aysha Houk got her hair cut because she loves her former preschool teacher, Teresa Cook.
Cook, who runs Munchkin-Land Preschool, has cancer.
Aysha learned how Locks of Love takes long hair to make wigs for cancer sufferers, and volunteered her pony tail.
Lindsey Vaderford, a stylist at Wild Hare Salon, 108 E. Madison Ave., cut Aysha’s hair Thursday afternoon.
Mom Kristie Houk was more reluctant than her daughter about the loss, but noted, “her hair grows so quickly.”
Cook was on hand to thank Aysha, who is now in kindergarten.
“I can’t believe she did that,” Cook said of Aysha’s gift.
Cook joked that maybe she’ll get a wig made of Aysha’s hair. She lost her own to chemotherapy treatments for three brain tumors. The monthly treatments have succeeded in eradicating two of the tumors.
“I’m doing good,” Cook said, grinning beneath a carnation-pink ball cap.

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