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Last updated: September 05, 2017

Dallas Cowboy Donates Mane to Children with Hair Loss

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Everything is bigger in Texas—especially acts of kindness! Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden has shown the world just how big his heart is by donating 8 inches of his locks to the Michigan-based non-profit Children With Hair Loss (CWHL).


CWHL offers yearly customized hair replacements to children with medically-related hair loss, free of charge, until they reach 21-years-old. Along with the hair replacement, CWHL also provides free care kits, which can run up to $5,000 annually.   


Nick decided to chop off his hair just in time for the holidays. “Me and my wife have been looking around, just seeing where I [could] donate it. I knew I was going to do it, just didn’t know when. I just thought Christmas was an appropriate time for it,” says Nick. He posted the news on his Twitter on December 22. 



His wife, Milania Hayden, who has prior experience in developing non-profits, played an integral role in selecting CWHL. “We researched several organizations and decided to choose CWHL because we like that they have never charged a child for a hair replacement. I really appreciate all of the efforts they’ve made towards their mission,” says Milania.   


CWHL founder Regina Villemure is excited to produce a specialty hair replacement with Nick’s donated mane. She hopes his donation will bring attention to their mission of returning comfort to kids affected by hair loss. “We are so fortunate to have so many kind-hearted people, like Nick, donate their hair to us so that we can continue helping children regain their confidence, self-esteem and happiness,” she says.


No word yet on whether Nick’s new ‘do has affected his skills on the field. “We’ll see if it helps,” jokes Nick. “I could tell my helmet was a little loose today.”