Oakhill Day School Student Embarks on Hair Journey for Cancer Patients

Contact information Michelle McDaniel, Director of Marketing and Communications
7019 North Cherry
Gladstone, MO 64118
michelle.mcdaniel@oakhilldayschool.org www.oakhilldayschool.org
816-436-6228

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 7, 2014)

Oakhill Day School Student Embarks on Hair Journey for Cancer Patients

GLADSTONE, MO— Oakhill Day School student Owen Riddle was 8 years old when he made the decision to grow out his hair with the end goal of making an impact on the lives of cancer patients. With the support of his classmates, Owen plans to cut his ponytail for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program on Tuesday, April 8 at 8:40am during an all school assembly at 7019 North Cherry Street, Gladstone, MO 64118.

It has been 19 months since Owen (now 10 years old) approached his parents requesting their permission to let him grow his hair. “As parents, how do you say no to that kind of request?” says Carlissa Riddle, Owen’s mother. “We were truly impressed that Owen would be interested in donating his hair for cancer patients. We took the time to explain to him how long it might take and that growing the lengths of hair needed wouldn’t be an easy task.” To date, Owens hair has grown to nearly 12 inches, 4 inches more than the minimum requirement for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program which is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®. So far, Pantene® has donated 24,000 free human hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.

Owen was recently awarded “A Shinning Star” through Cub Scout Pack 299, of which he’s a member, for his pledge to grow his hair. The Shining Star is awarded by The Cub Master of the Pack, and is given to any individual, child or adult, who does a good deed for another without the request to do so and out of the goodness of their heart.

At times, this hair journey has not always been easy for Owen, who over the last two years is commonly mistaken for a girl. Owen’s mother recalls, “Women would always stop us and comment on how jealous they are of his hair which is incredibly thick and wavy. When they realize that he is a boy, they’re even more shocked, and I think this bothers him some. Owen has done a great job and has learned valuable lessons explaining why he has such long hair and it’s amazing to see their reaction to his goals. ‘The Hair’ has really become part of our family life.”

Interview opportunities will be allowed. Current photos of Owen are available upon request. After-hours, please contact Michelle McDaniel, Director of Communications and Marketing at (816) 645-9589.

Oakhill Day School is the Northland’s premier, private, non-sectarian school for children Toddler (age two) through eighth grade. Oakhill provides excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development. www.oakhilldayschool.org

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Michelle McDaniel Director of Communications & Marketing

Oakhill Day School 7019 N Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118 p 816.436.6228 www.oakhilldayschool.org

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