Can you hair me? Digby Relay for Life asks for more hair donations

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
Published on May 23, 2014

The Digby Relay for Life is looking for more people like Layla Trefry.

The five-year-old from Weymouth has beautiful wavy brown hair, long hair, halfway down her back.

Layla is going to cut it all off to help others less fortunate than her.

At Digby’s Relay for Life on June 6, she is going to get up on stage and let her Mom Victoria cut off nine inches from her 12 inches of hair.

Layla say she is doing it because she wants to help people with cancer.

She wrote the following letter to Charlotte Sabean who has organized the hair donations at the Digby relay for years.

My name is Layla and I am five years old. I am donating my hair because I want to help people that have cancer feel better about themselves. But mostly for my friend Jared Mitchell, he's only a kid and is fighting cancer for the second time.


Layla Trefry

Layla and Jared, 13, attend the same church in Weymouth. She was there to welcome him home in January 2013 after a year of chemotherapy and surgery for bone cancer.

That cancer was in his leg. This winter doctors discovered a nodule in his lung.

Sabean says so far Layla is the only person who’s offered to donate hair this year.

Last year 23 people did—over the years Sabean has sent in 100 chunks of hair—she has even let hers be cut off.

“I always had long hair and then when I started doing the activities for relay and my niece said that she wanted to donate her hair, well I realized that I could to,” said Sabean. “It was hard for me to let go of my hair, but I knew it would grow back and it wouldn't be the end of the world. So that night we cut each other's hair.”

Sabean says it’s also a great way to bring awareness of the side effects of cancer treatments.

“I know it has generated discussion and I think a lot of people have realized that this is a great way to help people,” said. “It’s an easy way to help—hair grows back.”

Sabean says the more donations the better.

“They need 10 to 12 hair donations to make one wig so every donation is important,” she said. “We need 10 people to make a difference in one person's life. “

Some people cut their hair in private and send it in, others have it done on stage at the relay.

Sabean gathers it all up and sends it into Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.

Donated hair has to be at least 8 inches in length and free of colour, bleach or other chemical treatments and no more than five per cent gray.

For more information on preparing your hair to be cut, check out Pantene’s webpage for Beautiful Lengths.

To donate in the Digby area, contact Charlotte Sabean at

(The Weymouth Church of Christ is holding a benefit for Jared at SMBA from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 with a bake sale, rapure, lasagna, chili and concert. Please contact Pam Sullivan (837-7429) or Nancy Manzer (837-4467) if you are interested in helping out.)