Ralph Graves: A caring young girl
I am writing to express my disappointment in your newspaper and how you choose your articles. After reading the article about Rebecca Lea donating her hair to Locks of Love, I was so furious I could hardly see straight.
About a month ago you were approached by my sister-in-law regarding her 7-year-old daughter’s decision to donate her hair to the same organization. You refused to do an article, saying something along the lines of you have had enough of those types of stories, that they were a dime a dozen. You single-handedly broke the heart of a little girl whose unselfish act deserved praise. When most kids her age are more interested in video games and their next candy fix, she meticulously took care of her hair – washing, conditioning and keeping the ends from getting split. Her hair has grown since she was born and she decided to keep her hair growing long after she saw a hairless child of the same age. She has wanted to donate her hair for the last two years and has been patiently waiting for it to grow long enough so she could do so. That says a lot about her patience, character, love, compassion and dedication, all for somebody she will never have a chance to meet.
I have never been so proud of a young person as I was with her. She has shown a lot of maturity, thoughtfulness and unselfishness in her decision, something that most children and some adults won’t ever come close to having. This little girl is growing up to be a lady, and none of that matters today.
People would rather hear about Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton and their selfish and adolescent adventures. It makes me sick to my stomach that you would refuse to do an article and tell her mother that it wasn’t a newsworthy story and then, in less than a month, turn around and do an article on a grown woman who does the same thing. While Mrs. Lea’s donation is thoughtful and I applaud her, you completely destroyed a little girl’s hard work and dedication.
For your readers that are reading this letter, the young lady I have written about is my niece. Her name is Taylor Sanchez, and she has done something amazing and deserving of attention. She has given an example of how there are people that care. I am very proud of her, and I look up to her for showing the hard work, dedication and care that it took to do such a thing.
It takes a long time to grow hair that long without it being damaged and keep it in good enough condition so a wig can be hand-woven. Her hair was like long, blonde silk, and she tried ever so hard to keep it that way and now she is starting all over again. To decide to do something at such a young age and work at it for almost two years without changing her mind is admirable.
I ask that you print this article so that the people of Routt County know that there is a young lady growing up in South Routt who will become a classy, caring and amazing woman.
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Emma Harmon, of Durango, is pictured with journals she has kept about her mental health challenges. She said Axis Health System would not help her when in crisis. “The way things seem to work there, you’d actually have to have killed yourself before they’d meet with you.” | Jerry McBride/Durango Herald