Softball Hosting Locks of Love Event April 19

April 9, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State softball student-athletes are no strangers to sacrifices. The Broncos already lead the Mountain West in sacrifice hits and are prepared to give themselves up in an effort to win a greater battle than a softball game. The team is hosting a Locks of Love hair donation event Saturday, April 19, at its game against San Jose State and the Boise community is invited to join.

First pitch is at noon (MT) and the hair donation event will take place on the field after the game at Dona Larsen Park (150 S. Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83702). Five members of the Boise State program will be taking part in the donation. Seniors Devon Bridges and Mackenzie Whyte, junior Lindsey Nicholson, freshman Mackenzie McGill and assistant coach Shelly Prochaska will all donate at least 10 inches of their hair to help Locks of Love create and provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with medical hair loss.

Anybody interested in donating their hair to Locks of Love is encouraged to fill out the registration form at BroncoSports.com/locksoflove. Participants will receive free admission to the Saturday game and a gift bag.

Nicholson, a junior outfielder from Sammamish, Wash., is organizing the event. She said her motivation to put it together was to honor the community that supports her and her teammates.

"Fresno State hosted a similar event when we played there last season and it really hit home for some of us," Nicholson said. "I wanted to do everything I could to organize something that would have that kind of impact on our own community. It always feels good to give and Locks of Love is a very special organization that so many of us can help."

Also supporting the event is St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI), a nationally-recognized leader and local provider of cancer education, services and research.  St. Luke's MSTI is an active community partner with Boise State, collaborating with the university on many cancer prevention activities and healthcare initiatives.

St. Luke's MSTI will have a booth on the concourse at Dona Larsen Park during the Friday and Saturday games, raising awareness with cancer prevention materials and sun safety handouts for fans attending the games. The group will also be helping with special pregame ceremonies to recognize members of the community touched by cancer, as well as providing giveaways for the Locks of Love participant gift bags.

"We also want to recognize members of our own community who have been affected by cancer and illness," Nicholson said. "We want to show them we appreciate their support for us and we want to reciprocate that support whenever we can."

More information on the event can be found at the Boise State Softball Facebook page. Last season at the event hosted by Fresno State, Bronco head coach Erin Thorpe and sophomore Madison Foster volunteered to donate their hair to the cause.

About Locks of Love
Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization, in­corporated in December of 1997, and utilizes donated hair and resources to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 with medical hair loss. The children receive hair pros­theses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Locks of Love wants to meet the needs of every financially disadvantaged child struggling with medical hair loss.  

About St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI)
St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) is the region's largest provider of cancer services and a nationally-recognized leader in cancer research. It provides advanced care to thousands of patients every year at clinics in Boise, Fruitland, Meridian, Nampa, and Twin Falls, Idaho. MSTI is home to Idaho's only cancer treatment center for children, only federally sponsored center for hemophilia, and only blood and marrow transplant program.
Media Contact: Ken Dey, deyke@slhs.org, (208) 381-2894.


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