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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-
With six to
10 donated
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
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,, 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

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                                                                                                         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.
                                                                                                                                                    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 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- ; 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            for several publications in her        the old festivals the food was pre- 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 —
                                                                                                                                       ,,           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,
                                                                                                                                                 soon be featured in the        and

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