‘Fairy godmothers’ deliver princess wigs to cancer patients
This time of year many people set their sights on giving but often receive even more in return.
That’s the case for Holly Christensen, the Palmer mother who started The Magic Yarn project. She and volunteers have already sent dozens of homemade princess wigs to children and hospitals around the world.
But Wednesday was special.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to deliver wigs in person to little girls,” Christensen said.
Christensen and Magic Yarn Project volunteer Bree Hitchcock dressed up in storybook attire and brought nine handmade wigs to the Providence Cancer Center.
“I’m excited and little nervous,” Hitchock said.
Each wig will be given to little girls bravely battling cancer, including 8-year-old Isabella Sasu.
“It is so nice to meet you. My name is Holly,” Christen said when Isabella entered the room. “We have a special Christmas present for you today. We heard you really like Rapunzel. Is that true? Is she your favorite princess?”
Isabella was diagnosed with leukemia almost two years ago. She said one of the hardest parts was losing her hair.
“They cut it to here, and then to here and then they shaved it,” Isabella said, describing how it was shortened during treatment.
Her new Rapunzel wig is meant to put a little magic back into her life while she goes through treatment.
“She doesn’t have to think about what she’s going through. She is going through a hard time right now but then she’s completely out of it,” said Isabella’s mother, Erika Sasu.
More than 30 other cancer centers around the country have request wigs from the Magic Yarn Project. A GoFundMe page has raised nearly $30,000 in the past three months.
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