After trying to support a friend whose daughter received a cancer diagnosis, Holly Christensen found herself wishing she could do more for the family.
Christensen found the answer in making yarn princess-inspired wigs. The idea has not only helped her friend’s daughter, but also other children who have lost their hair during their battle with cancer.
Without a doubt, losing your hair is one of the most difficult transitions to deal with after a cancer diagnosis. For kids undergoing chemotherapy (the cause of hair loss), this shock can be especially devastating. The hair loss in children is disheartening to hear about, but this Alaskan mother is doing everything she can for children diagnosed with cancer.
Holly Christensen, a former oncology nurse and 31-year-old mother of three, first thought of the idea when she decided to make a Rapunzel yarn wig for her friend’s daughter — Lily. Lily was diagnosed with lymphoma last year.
Christensen explains that her motivation for making the yarn wig was about more than just fun:
“I knew she would be going through a difficult time, and that no one would be able to take her suffering away. I also knew that losing her long, curly blonde hair at not even 3 years old would be difficult for her, so I figured that the yarn wig could help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life.”
Upon giving the wig to Lily and seeing how happy it made her, a fire sparked inside Christensen.
Lily’s wig was such a big hit, Christensen wanted to bring wigs to kids battling cancer all across the country.
With the help of her partner Bree Hitchcock, Christensen’s project was born: The Magic Yarn Project makes princess yarn wigs for children all over the country.
Soon Christensen’s friends at church started to participate, and with a little help from Facebook, the project quickly gained attention.
Christensen says she’s been contacted by hundreds of interested donors and volunteers around the world.
To date, Christensen and her volunteers have created over 100 wigs for children who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatments, with new requests for wigs coming in faster than the organization can produce.
The Magic Yarn Project relies entirely on volunteers and donations from their GoFundMe page.
So far, the project has raised over $45,000 since it’s launch. The Magic Yarn Project is currently still accepting donations in order to create more wig-making workshops in local communities.
Speaking on behalf of her newly created project, Christensen says:
“The mission of The Magic Yarn Project is to create beautiful and soft princess yarn wigs for little girls with cancer and to encourage and facilitate volunteerism by involving communities nationwide in this project. We are so excited to see where this takes us and look forward to bringing light and magic to an otherwise very difficult time in the lives of little cancer fighters.”
What a beautiful mission statement from a very beautiful individual.
It warms my heart knowing that there are people like Christensen who are making a difference in the world. Bless her and all of the volunteers who are helping.
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