Thursday, May 10, 2007

Locks of Love

Two Years ago, my older brother was diagnosed with cancer. It is one of the most difficult things a family can go through. You feel helpless. You want to do everything in the world for them but you can't.

My at the time four year old daughter really did not know what was going on just that her uncle was losing his hair. She asked if girls too lose their hair. When she found out that the do, the sensitive little thing that she is felt it wasn't fair that children, kids like her should lose their hair. She wanted to give them hers. "I have a lot of it Mommy. I can give them my hair". Together, we discovered that, in fact, there was an organization called Locks of Love and that most of their donations actually come from children. It has to be at least 10" long and usually the cut is free from a participating salon. Not soon after, both my oldest daughter, then 4, and I went and cut our hair for the first time and donated it to Locks of love.


Now, today, two years later, we are ready again to donate to Locks of Love again.
Here is the Princess's hair and you can see how long it has gotten already. She knows it will be cut just below her ears but she is ready and she knows her hair is going to a good cause, kids who don't have hair.
It is something she can take control of herself and something good she can do herself as well.
In such a materialistic world, I am definitely extremely proud of her!!
My brother is in remission as of April but the donations of hair will continue as long as The princess and I can grow hair

8 comments:

Friender said...

What an amazing expression for a 4 year old! (and how amazingly quickly her hair grows, too!) Very touching, and i"m glad to hear your brother is in remission.

anne marie in philly said...

HOW COOL IS THAT!?!

a nice mitzvah (hopefully I spelled that correctly) for the princess.

and as a cancer survivor, I wish your brother the best and to keep on fighting!

Bubblesknits said...

You're raising her in the best of ways: Teaching her to think of others before herself. She will grow up to be one of those truly special people that will change the world. Actually, she already is. :)

007 said...

What a wonderful gift! Her hair is lovely and will be so loved...

My daughter also has donated her hair 3x to Locks of Love, and in fact once received a thank you note and picture the first time she did it.

You've a great daughter there!

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Frances said...

I donated my hair a few years ago and what a shock it was to go from below my belt length hair to just under my chin! I should do it again! Glad about your brother. We have a 28 years old teacher at my school undergoing cancer treatment and shedding her hair. We are in the process of doing caps for her.

NYCityMama said...

Congrats! That is a great cause, I too donated my hair, and plan on doing it again once my hair gets really long again!!
It's amazing how genuine children can really be! Nurture that;~)

Anne said...

Very cool - it's awesome that she wants to , and awesome that you support her and share it with her - many kudos to you both :)