BY MATT CRANE
Rebecca Tabb is sporting a new look these days.
The owner of R. Tabb and Co. Boutique and Gifts decided last Wednesday to cut her long hair for reasons far from personal.
â€śI decided it was time for a change and that I wanted to donate my hair for cancer patients,â€ť Tabb said. â€śI want to give it to someone who is grieving.â€ť
Partnering with Pink Heart Funds based in Long Beach, Tabb welcomed the idea of donating her hair to a cause capable of bringing joy to women in their darkest times, she said.
â€śI want someone who is suffering to feel like they can put this hair on and go face the world,â€ť she said. â€śI think somebody else needs it.â€ť
Tabb said she began growing her hair out over three years ago, and the time came recently when she was ready to let it all go.
â€śI knew it was long enough to donate, but it was also long enough to finally release some memories from the past three years,â€ť she said.
Tabb was exposed to cancer at an early age when a friend of hers in high school died from lung cancer at the age of 16, she said.
â€śCancer is all around us,â€ť she said. â€śYou just never know who might be affected by it one day.â€ť
Tabb joined the fight against cancer later in life when she attended Mississippi State University and became of member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, she said.
â€śI had no idea that was the philanthropy until I went through rush,â€ť she said. â€śIt was like fate.â€ť
Tabb donated 12 inches of her hair to Pink Heart Funds, an organization located near to where Tabb grew up.
â€śIâ€™m from Gulfport and found about this group from friends of mine back home,â€ť she said.
Along with a hair donation, $250 is required to fund the making of each wig, Tabb said. Friends and customers helped raise the money, she said.
â€śI wanted it to be a done process,â€ť she said. â€śI also wanted to opportunity to donate more money than necessary to help with the costs of any of the other wigs being made.â€ť
Tabb said once the organization fashions a wig, each donor is given a picture and contact information for the recipient.
â€śIâ€™m so excited to know who this person is,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™re going to have this amazing connection and, in some way, be a part of each othersâ€™ lives forever.â€ť
Tabb encourages other women to consider donating their hair to organizations like Pink Heart Funds.
â€śI know a lot of people canâ€™t give their time or their money,â€ť she said. â€śBut I think this is a great opportunity for women to truly make a difference is someone elseâ€™s life.â€ť
For more information on the Pink Heart Funds, visit http://www.pinkheartfunds.org.