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Five-year-old Pictou County girl fights cancer one ponytail at a time

Five-year-old Savannah Cholmondeley, getting her hair cut by Nicole Mason at Stellar Locks Hair Salon, on Saturday. Cholmondeley donated her hair to help manufacture wigs for cancer patients.
Five-year-old Savannah Cholmondeley, getting her hair cut by Nicole Mason at Stellar Locks Hair Salon, on Saturday. Cholmondeley donated her hair to help manufacture wigs for cancer patients.

WESTVILLE – A five-year-old girl originally from Westville is helping children with cancer feel normal again by donating her own hair to make a wig.

Little Savannah Cholmondeley overcame her shyness as she took a seat at Stellar Locks Hair Salon in Stellarton and watched as hairdresser Nicole Mason clipped off her 10-inch pigtail.

Cholmondeley told The News that she was doing this “for another little girl who doesn’t have hair.”

Hair loss is a common side effect when cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and many wear wigs until their natural hair grows back.

“I think that every kid should be able to feel pretty,” said Cholmondeley’s mother Crystal Roach.

Indeed, cancer has touched her own family, as she lost two grandparents to whom she was close.

But Cholmondeley is too young to truly remember them.

“She was very little when my grandmother died,” said Roach, looking towards her daughter.

For now, mother and daughter admired Cholmondeley’s 10-inch pigtail one last time after it was cut. They were not quite sure where exactly the pigtail would go, but only knew they wanted to help another child.

Roach moved with Cholmondeley from Westville to Greenwood in the Annapolis Valley after her husband, who is in the air force, was deployed to the base there.

However, mother and daughter still make the two-hour drive back to nearby Stellarton whenever they need Mason to cut and style their hair. Both are long-time customers at Stellar Locks.

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