Panthers players let young cancer patients cut hair

Panthers players cut their long locks for a good cause

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin hadn't cut his signature pony tail in two-and-a-half years. Offensive lineman Brian Folkerts hadn't had a haircut for four years.

This afternoon two local kids – both who have battled or are battling cancer – chopped off the NFL players' pony tails so they could donate them to Wigs for Kids.

Wigs for Kids is an organization that provides hair replacement systems and support for children who lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues. The wigs are free for the children and families.

Seventeen-year-old Wesley Thornburg from Gaston County was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. She had a bone marrow transplant in 2014 and is now cancer-free. She cut Bersin's locks.

"When I first had cancer I was younger and didn't care that I lost my hair," she said. "But once I was a teenager being bald upset me. I wanted a wig. It's a big honor to be here today."

Bersin said the honor was all his.

"The Wigs for Kids is awesome," he said. "They give wigs for free. Maybe a little girl who lost her hair can use my long hair and I can grow mine out and do it again."

Nine-year-old Jeramiah Karriker, who cut Folkerts' hair, is an oncology patient at Levine Children's Hospital. He has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and is currently undergoing treatment at Levine. He is a second grader at End Haven Elementary School.

He and Folkerts said they were all thrilled to be at the stadium today.

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