Attorney to donate hair for children with cancer
KITTANNING – One woman's loss will soon be a gain for a child suffering from a medical condition.
Stephanie McFadden, a local attorney who experienced the illness and loss of a loved one, knows that something as simple as getting a new haircut can impact the life of another.
On Tuesday, stylist Wendy Booth of Blades Hair Salon at 154 N. McKean St., cut at least 8 inches of McFadden's hair, which McFadden plans to donate to the nonprofit organization Children With Hair Loss (CWHL).
McFadden hopes her gesture will highlight organizations such as CWHL and will encourage others to donate as well.
The Michigan-based organization was founded 13 years ago by Regina Villemure, a hairstylist and cosmetology instructor whose niece has survived acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“(CWHL's) mission is to provide all children who have medically related hair loss with quality hair pieces that will boost their self-esteem and improve their outlook,” McFadden said.
According to the website www.childrenwithhairloss.us, the nonprofit does not charge child recipients for customized human hair replacement and care kits. The nonprofit provides more than 300 children a year with hair pieces made from donated hair.
Instructions for sending monetary support or donations can be found on the website.
Although this is her first time donating to CWHL, McFadden said, she has done this twice before and donated her hair to a similar organization: Locks of Love.
“The first time I donated my hair was in March 2008,” McFadden said. “My mother was dying from pancreatic cancer and she never did like my hair long. So before she died, I made an appointment with Brian Blose at Head to Toe Hair Salon and got 11 inches cut off, so she could see my hair short before she died on March 23, 2008.”
She said that even a small gesture can impact someone suffering from cancer or another illness and offer “some glimmer of hope, joy and/or comfort to their lives.”
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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