Donations of hair are made into wigs for people who have lost their hair. Losing your hair can have profound psychological effects, particularly through childhood and adolescence. One specialised can wig cost up to $6,000 and lasts two to three years so the cost is prohibitive for many families. Variety raises funds through the sale of the hair which is then used to provide equipment and services children in need so your hair can help in more ways than one.
By raising funds for Variety you can help provide equipment and services to children in need just like Erin (pictured above).
When Erin was just five years old, her mother, Maria noticed her daughter losing patches of hair. “Her hair began falling out in small clumps. Within months it worsened and we were told she had alopecia,” said Maria.
“Erin was completely shattered, we both were. I was heartbroken as she became very self-conscious, wearing a bandana to hide her thinning hair and fearful of other kids teasing her and noticing she was different,” said Maria.
Thanks to donors, Erin was able to receive a wig, and her confidence sky-rocketed. “She feels like a real movie star with the wig. That self-conscious little girl has disappeared and she has blossomed into a confident young lady,” adds Maria.
Maria and Erin are incredibly grateful for the wig. “Self-esteem is really important for a young girl and the wig really was instrumental in helping Erin return to her old happy self!” said Maria.