SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego woman is going to great lengths to save a local school, chopping off her floor-length hair for two good causes.
"Random strangers see me, they're like 'Your hair's so pretty, are you ever going to cut it?' And I think to myself, no," Aily Nguyen said.
That was until now. We met her at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, an inner city school that's struggling to keep its doors open.
But there's a reason she wouldn't send her daughter Gracie Linh anywhere else.
"We are a completely, total family atmosphere here. That's what I love about the school," Aily said.
And so do many other parents. The problem is not all of them can afford the tuition. And since the school won't turn anyone away, they have to make up that money. Aily's idea: cut her long hair to raise some money. The hair goes to the cancer foundation Locks of Love, and the money goes to the school.
"So grateful she would do something like that. Her hair is like her... that's what everyone knows her for. They call her Rapunzel," Gabriella Enciso said.
"I was a little bit… think you're crazy that you're going to cut your hair, because it's this long. But I was pretty happy she was going to do it for a good reason," daughter Gracie Linh said.
The hair will also help make wigs for cancer patients, a win-win for student council president Edgar Nunez
"For the people who don't have hair, one of my aunts died of cancer. So I think it's great," he said.
"I'm going to be OK with it. Hair grows back, the bigger picture is to keep our dream alive here," Aily said.
So in another eight years, maybe we'll doing the same story about Aily's 'do, in 2022.
So just how much will Aily cut off? Locks of Love only needs 10 inches for a wig, but she says she's willing to cut it all off. It just depends on how much money they raise.
Their goal is $10,000 and again, it will go to helping with tuition, allowing the school to stay open.