Sundi Rose
November 11, 2015 11:31 am

Cancer is awful, and childhood cancer might just be one of the most tragic things anyone can endure. Thankfully, there are people like Holly Christensen and Bree Hitchcock who are working to make pediatric cancer patients feel a smidge better – one Disney Princess wig at a time.

Holly and Bree started the initiative, Magic Yarn Project after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Holly, who is a former cancer nurse, told ABC News, “It’s so heart-wrenching and life-changing to work in cancer. Last fall, I found out that the little girl of one of my college friends was just diagnosed with cancer. She’s such a girly girl and loves princesses and is about to lose her long beautiful hair.”

Holly invoked her Halloween costume-making skills and made the little girl a beautiful Rapunzel wig out of soft, yellow yarn. From there, the project grew legs and, according to ABC News, “Christensen set up a workshop and quickly started hearing from dozens of other people looking to either help or get a beanie from a family member.”

Each wig is hand made and attached to a crocheted beanie to keep the irritation down. Because chemotherapy can be so hard on a child’s skin, the beanies are meant to protect their tender scalps while they wear it.

Holly and Bree say on their GoFundMe page that the goal is “To create head coverings that are warm, comfortable, and  giggle-inducing.” They ask, “Magic Yarn volunteers [to]crochet extra-soft “baby” yarn into beanies, and then transform them into storybook hairstyles.”

Every wig is free to the deserving recipient, so the project needs a lot of support. As of the publication of this piece, Magic Yarn Project has raised close to $9,000, but they hope to meet a $20,000 goal.

According to their Facebook page, their only mission is, “Creating soft and beautiful yarn wigs for little warriors who are bravely battling cancer.” And they ask that you, “Join us in helping bring some magic into their lives.”

The founders of the project understand it is its own reward. Holly told ABC, ““To bring a little bit of magic into such a difficult time in their life is so rewarding. It’s almost equally been so rewarding and magical to meet people who want to help.”

You can donate to the project by visiting the GoFundMe page, but you can also volunteer to make wigs at their website. Any help is appreciated, and the look of these little princesses once they receive their new hair is worth more than you could ever imagine.

Related reading:

Kid hero: An 11-year-old boy who grew out his hair for a great cause

What I learned when I took a class for cancer patients on mindfulness

(Images via Facebook)

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