This week, I want to spotlight an organization that’s very close to my heart. Wigs for Kids is a nonprofit organization that I started over 30 years ago when my beautiful niece came to me and told me that she would be losing her hair due to Leukemia. My niece, Laura, is no longer with us, but her legacy lives on every day when donors from all over the country cut off their pony-tails and donate them to children in need through our nonprofit organization.
These children are school-aged kids who are suffering from medical related hair loss, many of them suffering from Alopecia. Wigs for Kids will hand make a customized hair replacement system, worth roughly $1800 a piece, and donate the wigs to the child in need – for free. With the Wigs for Kids wigs, children can run, skip, hop, tumble and swim just like any child their age without worrying about what they look like.
But it’s not just the hair that’s life-altering for these children. Our spokesperson, Annie who came to Wigs for Kids with Alopecia in 4th grade, recently won a $50,000 college scholarship from the Maltz Museum Stop Hate contest for an essay she wrote (watch below). What Annie told the world is that Wigs for Kids did not just give her back her physical appearance, the organization helped her regain her self confidence – she’s now able to live life as a normal child. (Simply amazing, don’t you agree?)
And that, as Annie noted, is the mission of Wigs for Kids – to help children live their lives. And we can accomplish that for hundreds of children every year with the support of fans, organizations and celebrities like the Green Bay Packer’s AJ Hawk, The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, The New Orleans Saints’ Thomas Morstead and many more.
Thank you so much for your support. To learn more about our organization or Alopecia, click the links below:
Remember…beauty begins within
– Jeffrey Paul