Cancer is a battle that no child should have to go through. But the fact is, it affects thousands of Australian families every year and it is responsible for the death of three children in Australia each and every week.
While we all hope and pray for a cure, two mums in America are going to great lengths to help the little princesses that are battling against this horrible disease with their Disney-inspired wigs.
The Magic Yarn Project may have started from a humble ball of wool but it has blossomed into something truly beautiful and inspiring.
Founded by mum and oncology nurse, Holly Christensen, The Magic Yarn Project makes wigs from soft acrylic yarn, embellished with gems, flowers, starfish, snowflakes and ribbons. They are designed to resemble the hair of famous Disney princesses for little ones who have lost their own hair during the treatment for cancer.
Holly explains that she made her first wig for her friend’s daughter, Lily who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
“I began to think of what I could do to help bring some magic and light to this little girl’s life during the trying days that I knew were ahead for her,” Holly writes. “Knowing how difficult it would be for her to lose her beautiful blonde curls, I made her a Rapunzel yarn wig and sent it in the mail.”
This was the start of something magical. The Magic Yarn Project now ships its wigs globally and has more than 11,000 supporters in their Facebook community.
Volunteers have made close to 200 wigs and there’s a backorder of 1400 more. The line of wigs include Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Ariel and “Rainbow”.
Holly, and her business partner Bree, explain that it takes a whole community for The Magic Yarn Project to succeed, including volunteers who send them handmade crocheted beanies and participate in their wig making events around the United States. All money to buy the yarn and ship the products come from donations.
While The Magic Yarn Project continues to grow, the roots of their mission remains with the little fighters they are helping.
As Holly writes on The Magic Yarn Project’s website, “We can’t take their horrible disease away, but we can add a bit of fun and whimsy to their young lives.”
To support this beautiful project, head over to GoFundMe and follow their journey on Facebook. And take a look at our previous post on Cake Angels who bake birthday cakes for seriously ill kids here in Australia.