All American football player (and Chicago Bears first-round draft pick) Gabe Carimi's maternal uncle suffered from leukemia as a child, underwent chemotherapy while he was in second grade, and lost his hair in the process.
Only 259 wigs or hairpieces were provided to children at a cost of $127,127.
The organization also paid for a four day camp for 15 children and one parent (Part III, item 4a).
After launching aboard the Shuttle Discovery, Astronaut Sunita Williams arranged to donate her pony tail to Locks of Love.
Fellow astronaut Joan Higginbotham cut her hair aboard the International Space Station and the ponytail was brought back to Earth by the STS-116 crew. Carimi thought he would do something "that wouldn't take a lot of my time but would help other people." He grew his hair out for 20 months, until it was long enough in 2010 to donate to Locks of Love.
Locks of Love was originally connected to a for-profit retailer.
The charity attained 501(c)(3) Status in December 1997 under the leadership of Madonna W.Coffman (Coffman had suffered from alopecia in her 20s, and her daughter lost all of her hair to the condition at age 4).Locks of Love representatives are frequent guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show and other daytime television shows, where they provide haircuts to guests and audience members.After 3 seasons, Flavor Flav chose to not marry or date any of the winners from any of the three seasons.Instead, it was revealed that he would marry Liz, the mother of his seventh child, Karma, on the Season 3 reunion show. The Flavor of Love 2 finale was the second highest non-sports basic cable show of 2006. In the show, each contestant is given a nickname by Flav and is referred to by that nickname for as long as she remains in the competition, as Flav says he can remember nicknames more so than real names.The other donated hair is sold for profit, supposedly to pay for the manufacturing process and to raise funds for the organization's activities.