LONDONDERRY — Graduating senior Allison Bagley will sport a different look when she walks across the stage to receive her diploma Friday.
The Londonderry High student waited until six days before graduation to get a whopping 14 inches of her hair lopped off.
Bagley’s older cousin, Chrissy, lost her battle with brain cancer several years ago at age 19.
“I was in the eighth grade when we got that call,” Bagley said this week. While the two girls were close growing up, Chrissy moved to Florida when Bagley was young.
Bagley and her family went out to Florida for a final visit with Chrissy before Bagley started her freshman year at Londonderry High School. Chrissy died that fall.
“She always told me bald was beautiful,” Bagley said. “And she didn’t want us to worry about her. She even had a name for her tumor.”
Bagley remembers her cousin most for her smile and her willingness to help others. Chrissy owned therapy dogs and when she was feeling up to it, she’d bring her dogs to her cancer ward to brighten the day of other patients.
With her brown hair now grown past her waist, Bagley decided to make the final cut last weekend. She said her cousin would soon be celebrating her 23rd birthday if she lived.
On Tuesday, when other students were getting their caps and gowns fitted, Bagley stopped by Steve Juster’s classroom to drop off one very long ponytail.
Juster, who has overseen the school’s Day of Giving event for the past several years, said that name is a bit misleading as students and community members donate hair to the charity, which provides free wigs to cancer patients, throughout the entire year.
Bagley will attend University of NH in Manchester this fall, where she plans to study biology.