Lexi Simmons was part of a cause last year that she strongly believes in.
So much so, in fact, that she really decided to do something this year to prove how much it meant to her.
A senior captain on the Masconomet Regional volleyball team, Simmons decided last October to grow out her hair. Aside from the occasional trim, she let her already long hair flow even more.
Earlier this month, Simmons had 10 inches of her hair cut off for Locks for Love, a non-profit organization. Her hair was then made into wigs for children suffering from long-term medical hair loss related to cancer, alopecia areate or other diagnoses.
The best part for Simmons is that she did it on her own.
I’ve always had really long hair,” said Simmons, a four-year varsity starter for Masconomet. “I saw all of the success we had last year with fundraising last year and I though it would be a really cool thing as a senior to get things going this month.”
As one of many teams at the high school, collegiate and pro levels helping to shine some light on breast cancer awareness during the month of October, the Chieftains’ volleyball team is honoring those who have fought the battle. They’re helping to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure.
“All of our home games have a pink theme to them,” said the team’s head coach, Alyssa Schatzel. “We have a bake sale at every game and are wearing pink uniforms all month long. Last year we raised $1,600, and this time we’re hoping to raise more.
“‘Think Pink’ has become a big thing in the month of October. Some teams have a Think Pink day, but we decided to do it for the entire month. I wanted the girls to be apart of something that’s bigger than them. I felt it was important to take part in something that’s meaningful.”