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July 3, 2013

A gift from the heart

Peabody school board member donates hair for kids with cancer


Brian, now 23 and cancer-free, has graduated from Norwich University in Vermont, where he majored in criminal justice.

“He’s the third-highest ranking cadet in the corps of cadets,” said his mother. “He made the dean’s list three times.”

Kids treated at Dana Farber get a lot of attention, including from the Red Sox. The kids are taken to ballgames and provided with all the treats.

“Red Sox players will just come and talk to people,” Griffin Dunne said. “It’s just amazing what the Red Sox do for the Jimmy Fund.”

Which is well and good. But giving a young child back her curly hair is an extraordinary gift and one that can only come from a few extraordinary people.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at

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