A Donation to Remember

A Donation to Remember

By Emily Hayhow


On May 20, Seton will make history for the third time in seven years when students donate hundreds of ponytails for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.

This year, Beautiful Lengths will be held in memory and honor of Jen Sherman, a 2009 graduate.  Sherman was described by many as a girl with an amazing heart and a smile that could light up a room.  She was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was a child.  Due to this condition she experienced a major heart attack her junior year at Seton, which robbed her brain of oxygen. This caused her to live her life in a wheelchair with limited physical movement and the mental ability to respond. Sherman passed away May 7, 2012, but her spirit lives on at Seton.

When Seton was featured in the NYTimes for this event in 2007, Sherman commented about donating for her mother and aunt who died of cancer, “I did it for them, as a way to remember them. It felt really special.”  Now the Seton Community will have a chance to donate for

Sherman, in remembrance of her and others suffering from cancer or those who have lost the battle.

Sherman’s father, John, will be a speaker at the Beautiful Lengths event, along with four cancer survivors.  The survivors include two Seton graduates (Katie Lehani, Class of 2005 and  Debbie Nesselhuf Lemmons, Class of 1989), Jill Conway from Northern Kentucky, an inspirational speaker with appearances on The Today Show, and current Seton student Rachel Wink, a soon to be Class of 2013 graduate.

Wink comments on speaking at Beautiful Lengths 2013, “I’m really excited to share my story with the school because my experience with cancer inspires me to live my life day to day.

It was a scary experience but it shapes the way I look at the world now, positively, and I apply that to my everyday life.”

In 2010, Seton donated 331 ponytails.  This year the goal has been set to try and reach 350 ponytails.  If the goal is reached, students will have a guest appearance by Jason Owens, a country singer/songwriter from Northern Kentucky who will perform at the school, with an introduction from B105.

This event is a special occasion for Seton because of the support that comes from the community and from Seton graduates.  Almost half of the donors are alumnae, which displays the bond of the Seton sisterhood.

Senior Hannah Lanzillotta notes, “This will be my third time donating. That moment when the only thing you can see is hundreds of green t-shirts, realizing that you are all gathered together to help people, is truly magical. Nine inches of my hair will give someone battling cancer hope, comfort, and self-confidence.  I want people to know that even if I’ve never met them, I still care.”