Five-year-old donates hair to cancer charity for second time

John Brannen
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NEW GLASGOW – Barb Shaw has always known that both her daughters’ hair has grown fast and long. That’s why she made sure their hair would go to good use rather than in the garbage when they got haircuts.

Barb Shaw, left, measures her daughter Randi Shaw-Gosselin’s hair at the Head Shoppe in New Glasgow as Samantha Shaw looks on. Moments later, over one foot of Randi’s hair was cut off and donated to a children’s charity. This is the second time that Randi, 5, has donated some of her hair to charity, inspired by her sister Bobbi, right, who has also donated twice. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

“The way I looked at it is if my kids can grow their hair this quick, let’s do something positive with it,” she said.

And they are, with donations of their hair to make wigs for cancer patients and others who’ve lost their hair.

While Bobbi Shaw-Gosselin, 8, has given twice before, yesterday it was Randi Shaw-Gosselin, 5, who would be donating for the second time. After deciding how much to cut and after a few quick snips, it was all over and more than a foot of hair was ready to go.

“I’m passionate about buying Canadian and for things staying in Canada,” said Barb. “That’s why we work with Angel Hair for Kids.”

The Canadian-based foundation provides wigs and hair-loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment.

Using hair that is donated to the program, the foundation can create wigs and hair systems and provide them at no cost to the child’s family.

According to Angel Hair for Kids, it takes 10 to 12 donated ponytails to make one hair prosthesis and $800 to $1,000 is budgeted by the foundation to cover manufacturing and related costs.

Randi donated her first locks of hair at age three. Her first experience with a wig was a teacher who had lost her hair due to cancer treatment.

“Seeing that was important for Randi because it let her know what this is all about,” said Barb.

Randi knows that her hair is going to good use and that she has the support of her family. Her mom and sister were watching as Randi’s cousin Samantha Shaw made cuts. It had barely been cut yesterday when she said she couldn’t wait to give again.

“Next time, I want to grow my hair down to my toes,” she said. “I hope it will be used to help other people.”

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn  

Organizations: Angel Hair for Kids

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Jennifer
    January 25, 2014 - 09:31

    That is awesome, way to go girls!! I know some kids who used this foundation while going through cancer treatments. The smiles on those little girls faces when they wear their hair is priceless!! Thank you from them :)

  • Charlene Walsh
    January 24, 2014 - 22:06

    Way to go Randi! :)