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Inspired by Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk after he cut his long locks of hair his for cancer charity, Boy Scout Josh McCarthy and his mom Natalie Prietzel decided to do the same thing. Hawk started his own charity called Hawk’s Locks for Kids, which partners with a charity called Wigs for Kids. After growing their hair out for over two years, Josh and Prietzel had their hair cut at the Pinewood Derby last week and donated their hair to the charity. Josh said he endured quite a bit of teasing from his peers because “he looked like a girl,” but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that he was determined to help other children that had lost their hair. “I’m very proud of my son for doing this,” Prietzel said.  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.