I finally did it. I have been growing my hair for about two and a half years and thought I’d never get rid of my long locks, but I woke up one day gathered my hair in a ponytail and decided “there is a little girl in this world who deserves this more than I do.” My hair has never been dyed, has no greys, and was the perfect length for donation, so that same day I made an appointment at a participating Wigs For Kids salon and chopped off 14 inches of my long locks.
Wigs For Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to the children or their families.1 For many young girls, having hair means everything to them: it makes them feel beautiful, feminine, and comfortable with themselves. Unfortunately, children who suffer from any of the above conditions not only lose their hair but they can also lose their sense of self that existed before hair loss.
I thought I would be nervous the day of my appointment but when I was sitting in the salon chair with my stylist gathering my hair in his hands I couldn’t help but feel eager and excited. I couldn’t be more proud of myself to have joined the many thousands who have already contributed to this cause. My ponytail measured 14” long and is now barely able to stay in a ponytail. I have always been known for my long hair and have been asked continuously why I would ever cut my hair and I couldn’t be more proud to respond and say “I did it to help a little girl feel beautiful again and to give her hope to continue fighting.” To find out if you are eligible to donate your hair visit Wigs For Kids.
What have you done recently to help change someone’s life? Giving back doesn’t require a large gift – little acts of kindness can go a long way.
Josephine Di Laura