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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Nathan Scholl, a sixth-grader from Catasauqua, donates 9 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths after being inspired by his grandmother.Contributed photos Nathan Scholl, a sixth-grader from Catasauqua, donates 9 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths after being inspired by his grandmother.Contributed photos
Nathan grows out his hair before donating it for those battling cancer. Nathan grows out his hair before donating it for those battling cancer.

Catasauqua boy inspired to donate hair for those with cancer

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

When Nathan Scholl’s grandmother asked him for some of his hair as a lighthearted joke during her cancer treatments, no one realized the impact this request would have on the boy.

After she passed away, Nathan wanted to do something to help others in his grandmother’s position and took her appeal to heart. The young Catasauqua resident decided to overcome his hatred of hair cuts and donate his hair. This started a tradition for the boy, and this July marked his second donation.

According to Renee Scholl, Nathan’s mother, he had some very specific criteria when deciding where to send his hair. He wanted to find an organization that caters to anyone — not just women, not just children — who are in need. He also required the recipients be given the hair they need for free. Nathan did not want anyone to have to buy his hair.

They decided to use Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene Beautiful Lengths has partnered with the American Cancer Society and its Canadian counterpart to provide wigs to those undergoing cancer treatment. According to the website, the organization has provided thousands of wigs to those who need them.

When asked how donating his hair to those less fortunate made him feel, Nathan replied, “happy.”

“It makes me kind of emotional to think about someone going through all that walking around with his hair,” his mother replied.

Nathan has donated 9 inches both times. He grew out his hair for approximately 18 months between cuts. Since Nathan hates hair cuts, he is fine with this timeline.

According to Nathan, he has even inspired one of his friends to grow out his hair for donation as well.

It was mentioned he receives some criticism and comments when he grows out his hair, but Nathan does not seem to mind.

“It’s his choice. It’s his hair,” his mother said.

Nathan has just started the sixth grade at Catasauqua Middle School.

He is planning on keeping his hair shorter through the hot months but is interested in growing it back out to donate in the future.