Lethbridge Sun Times (Newspaper) - July 18, 2007, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday July 18, 2007 TIMES A FREE PUBLICATION SERVING OVER 24,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE CITY EACH WEDNESDAY LETHBRIDGE'S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Wired and wise See page 9 Helping kids surf safely Letting her hair down for a good cause Local girl donates her locks to make wigs for cancer victims By AL BEEBER For the Sun Times Three years young Erin Nishikawa told her mother Leona she wanted to grow her hair long and have it cut off so cancer victims could get Her mother didn't know how the six-year-old kindergarten student came up with the idea which seemingly came out of the just day I'm going to donate my Leona recalled last week as her daughter fulfilled a three-year mission and had her locks shorn at Strut Salon and Spa by hairstylist Megan Now nine years old and getting ready to go into Grade 4, the shy Erin gamely climbed into the chair and had her had grown almost waist length - cut to her She had asked her mom in the spring if she could cut it but Leona had her wait just a little longer and with summer's heat when Erin asked mom was The hair is being donated to a Canadian organization called Angel Hair for Kids which provides wigs at no charge for disadvantaged families of children who have lost their hair due to cancer burns or a condition in which hair loss Run by the non-profit Child's Voice started in Ontario by Roslyn Yearwood and Amalia Angel Hair for mission to help children deal with the physical consequences of their The wigs can help give them a renewed sense of self-esteem and Angel Hair for Kids is a national program and the only one of its kind in providing wigs for children nine to 19 whose parents can't afford to bear the cost of a wig The program doesn't make the wigs itself but rather has them done by professional manufacturers who supply their Wigs require the hair from 10-12 people and cost about to Once wigs are specially fitted and styled for individual At any given Angel Hair for Kids has between five and 10 people on its waiting Nishikawa discovered Angel Hair for Kids while searching online for a Canadian program that would make wigs for Canadian thought got to be something in Canada for our she Erin's hair is being shipped to the organization's headquarters in Ont. Donors hair must be at least 10 inches long to be used for Leona was hoping her daughter's contribution - which was to be secured in a ponytail wrapped tightly by a rubber band for shipping - would be about 12 Her daughter was not the least bit hesitant about giving up her Having long hair can be says have people thinking long and hard before cutting it. It can be The change takes a day or two to get used We definitely tell people to think about it. you're just cutting it off for a it definitely scares you If you're doing it for a good it shouldn't be so According to 10,000 Canadian children a year lose their hair because of burns or Angel Hair for Kids provided wigs for 150 kids in its first three years of For hair to be these guidelines must be Hair must be clean and dry Minimum length of cut-off hair needs to be not less than 10 inches SUN TIMES PHOTO BY AL BEEBER Megan begins cutting Erin to be donated for wigs for cancer Hair should not be permed nor heavily coloured or highlighted hair can't be Hair must be in a secure braid or ponytail tied with a very tight elastic band at both Hair must be placed in a plastic bag or tissue Donations can be sent A Child's Voice c/o Angel Hair for 3034 Palstan No. 305, 2Z6.