PLANOinsider MORE THAN 2A 2C $ Turn your clocks back Molar mover One midsummer night 135 IN SAV IN INSIDE GS THIS IS SUE In the Community. With the Community. For the Community. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2007 DON’T BE LEFT OUTSIDE THE insider VOLUME 3, NO. 27 Love by the inch Youngsters growing hair for kids with hair loss By Liz McGathey Staff writer Two Carlisle Elementary second graders are start- ing a new trend by growing their hair long only to cut it all off to donate for the benefit of other children. Maddie Weimer recently cut off a 15-inch ponytail and plans to send it to Locks of Love, the not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disad- vantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss. Abby Arrington, inspired by Maddie’s spirit, began growing her hair for about three months in preparation for her dona- tion. With six to 10 donated ponytails, Locks of Love creates cus- tom-fitted hair prosthetics that are provided free of charge or on a sliding scale to children whose families meet the required guidelines. Maddie said the idea came to her when she saw another lit- tle girl who had cancer and had lost her hair due to treatments. “I asked my mommy why she had no hair and she told me MARIA JARAL/ STAFF PHOTO about cancer kids — she told me she had cancer and I was like, ‘I want to make a wig for her,’ and so I did,” she said. Abby’s mother, Paige Arrington, said because of Maddie’s I RUNNING TO PAYDIRT influence, Abby will be cutting her hair in the spring once she A Cougar runner makes his way through the Ram defense for a touchdown during has the required minimum of 10 inches in her ponytail. Maddie and Abby perform flag football play Saturday. For more Youth Sports photos, see Pages 1-3B. “She thought it was really special that Maddie was doing something because she cares about other children so much. She a hair-cutting cheer. Photos can also be viewed online at www.planoinsider.net. wanted to go online and learn about it,” Paige said. MARIA JARAL/STAFF PHOTO See LOCKS, Page 8A Plano paramedic creates Very vegetarian kid-friendly lifesaver Plano resident uses family recipes as inspiration for book By Liz McGathey By Liz McGathey Staff writer Staff writer The KidO’s Bear When Plano resident Ammini Ramachandran moved to the Plano Fire Department para- United States in 1970, she brought with her a rich culture and medic John Burch has seen first Eastern flavor that she’s sharing in her very first book, “Grains, Greens hand the struggle to help save a and Grated Coconuts.” The book features vegetarian recipes that have child’s life. been passed through generations in India. The veteran firefighter On her Web site, Peppertrail.com, Ramachandran recounts her life remembers the moment about 10 growing up in Kerala, India where the kitchen was truly the years ago that compelled him to heart of the home. Her lasting image of her childhood home develop a patient-friendly oxygen includes “waking up to the distinct aroma of freshly made and aerosol treatment application decoction coffee that emanated from this kitchen in the device. morning.” Her family ate strictly vegetarian and “I remember it like it Ramachandran has continued this practice into adult- was yesterday. We were in hood. an apartment complex Ramachandran said when she moved to Dallas as with a 16-month-old that a student with her husband Rama, Indian restau- had swallowed a toy. It had rants were very rare and she had difficulty early on lodged pretty close to the getting used to the new food — especially as a trachea — when he vegetarian. Her mother obliged by sending her would exhale it would weekly recipes. With her mother’s guidance coming make a whistling noise through the post from a world away, it was then that so we were afraid of it Ramachandran first learned how to cook. See BEAR, Page 8A See COOKBOOK, Page 8A Find us on the Web @ www.scntx.com Your source for local news. Pulse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2A Tech Watch . . . . . . . . . . . 3A Food and Dining. . . . . . . . 4A Education . . . . . . . . . . . . 8C Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3B Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . 5B Entertainment 1C Page 8A Sunday, November 4, 2007 — www.scntx.com situation, such as an accident out potentially making them Alzheimer’s disease. Locks Bear where there is bleeding, the anxi- ety-driven child’s increased heart rate would have caused the him to bleed to death. worse. Five years after the incident, Burch began developing the KidO’s Bear, a brightly-colored, “It never occurred to me. We’ve gone to geriatric shows and there’s been an amazing response from nurses in hospice,” Burch said. “If Continued from Page 1A “I started researching trying to bear-shaped device that attaches to it helps patients of any age for any devise a way to remedy this,” he machines that deliver oxygen or reason, it’s worth it.” Continued from Page 1A moving,” he said. said. “In paramedic school, they air-supplied medication. Air blows Burch, who has more than 40 Upon discovering the child’s emphasize the fact that children through center of the bear through nieces and nephews as well as four The two girls hope to there is no known cause or oxygen saturation level was too are not just small adults; yet con- a channel which directs the flow to children of his own ranging from spread the word at school cure. Others have suffered low, Burch knew he needed oxy- ventional methods take an adult mouth and nose area. six to 13 years old, said he has and get other girls to follow severe burns, or endured gen. The problem was making sure mask and make it smaller — it “[The teddy bear shape] is always loved kids. their lead. Approximately radiation treatment to the the mask didn’t get too close to the goes against what they teach.” familiar therefore that can provide “It’s an awesome thing knowing 80 percent of Locks of Love brain stem, in addition to toddler’s face to avoid frightening He said children only know more of calming affect versus the this is helping kids,” he said. donations come from chil- many other dermatological him. that they can’t breathe and the traumatizing affect. What we have The KidO’s Bear is available in dren who wish to help other conditions that result in “We hold it close typically with- mask covers their nose and mouth found from home use is it creates blue and yellow and can be children. permanent hair loss. out paying attention and watch and, in a young mind, can only compliance in kids,” Burch said. ordered direct online at The organization, which Donated hair is evaluat- the stats go up but he saw it [the inhibit breathing further and the Although the KidO’s Bear was www.kidosbear.com. Each bear began operation in 1998, ed for its usefulness accord- mask] and didn’t like it. The heart children instinctively push it away. originally intended for children, includes a nebulizer cup and oxy- has helped more than 2,000 ing to the following guide- rate went from 130 to over 160 So, the solution for Burch was to geriatric professionals have found gen delivery line for quick assem- children to date. Thousands lines: just from the stimulation,” he said. find a way to get children the life- that the device also comes in bly. A distributor list is available by of bundles of donated hair 1. The donated hair Burch noted that in a different saving treatment they need with- handy for elderly patients with calling 888-959-5437. arrive as a result of the must be at least 10 inches Internet and word of mouth (preferably 12”) in length Master of Business Administration basically all old recipes,” she said. “Encyclopedia on Entertaining as well as media publicity. Locks of Love provides its recipients with a custom, 2. It must be bundled in a pony tail or braid 3. Hair must be free of Cookbook from Southern Methodist University. Her interest was rekin- dled, however, when she submit- The challenge was taking tradi- tional recipes and turning them into easy-to-follow instructions to through Time and Cultures” and “Storied Dishes.” So far, the response to vacuum-fitted hairpiece bleach. Colored hair and Continued from Page 1A ted one of her mother’s recipes to a share — the dishes she acquired Ramachadran’s self-published made entirely from donated permed is acceptable. national magazine and won first used measurements like a “pinch” book has been very positive. human hair. The vacuum fit 4. The hair must be clean After she moved to New York, prize. and a “handful.” She has now put “It came out in March. By July, is designed for children who and dry, placed in a plastic Ramachandran continued foster- She started a Web site with her financial career aside to docu- it got reviewed in the New York have experienced a total loss bag, and mailed in a ing an interest in the culinary arts recipes and tidbits about her cul- ment Indian food and culture. Times,” she said. “It was a total of scalp hair and does not padded envelope to: Locks and joined a women’s gourmet ture and a new career began to Ramachandran currently writes surprise when people started call- require the use of tape or of Love, 2925 10th Avenue club which sampled several differ- evolve. Every time she went home a column on spices for Sallys- ing me from New York saying, glue. Most of the applicants N., Suite 102, Lake Worth, ent styles of cooking over the to India, Ramachandran stock- place.com; her recipes have ‘Did you see your review?’” suffer from an auto- FL 33461-3099. weekends. piled more recipes and stories appeared in the Providence She said she has noted quite a immune condition called For information visit In India, Ramachandran wrote about the origins of the food and Journal and sites such as leitesculi- bit of interest in multi-cultural alopecia areata, for which www.locksoflove.org. for several publications in her the old festivals the food was pre- naria.com. She has also written for food in the United States. She is native language but the hobby pared for. other outlets including making her rounds in different took a back seat as she continued “I just took it on as a project — thingsasian.com, chintha.com, areas of the country having given her education and earned her I would visit elderly ladies. They’re “Flavor & Fortune,” “Sacred talks and demos in New York and Waters,” and the “Food History California. Primer,” published by “Grains, Greens, and Grated International Association of Coconuts” is available online at Culinary Professionals. She will BarnesandNoble.com, soon be featured in the Amazon.com and iUniverse.com.