Sierra’s Christmas Gift
Last year a dear friend of our family was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma the week of her 16th birthday.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a very rare type of cancerous tumor that grows in your bones or the soft tissue around your bones, such as cartilage or the nerves. Ewing’s sarcoma affects about 200 children and young adults every year in the United States and shows up slightly more often in males. While adults can get Ewing’s sarcoma, it is uncommon.
Bri underwent a very painful year of chemotherapy, and bone replacement surgery. As a competitive dancer, she was told she could no longer dance. She lost all of her hair very quickly, and although they tried, the family was not able to secure a wig for her. Sierra tried to make a donation of hair at that time, but she still had remnants of highlights in her hair, so she had all the processed hair cut, and grew her hair out again this year. So today after her graduation photos came in and she knew she didn’t need a retake, Sierra had twelve inches of her beautiful untreated hair cut off, and will be donating it to Wigs for Kids for Christmas. She will be making the donation in honor of Bri Gervais… I have to admit I cried.
“For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids 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 children or their families.
The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child’s outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should. With an injured self-image, a child’s attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also. Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look themselves and live their lives.” Wigs for Kids