Mom, daughter donate hair for cancer patient’s wig

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Nine-year-old Apryl Chesshir’s thick, brown hair once cascaded down her back and past her hips, touching the middle of her thighs.

She loved her hair, often refusing to get haircuts even when it got in her way, her mother Camilla said.

Then one day she asked to get all of it chopped off. She wanted to donate her hair to someone who needed it for a wig.

“I am so proud of her,” Camilla told the Kokomo Tribune ( ). “A couple of years ago it took me a couple of weeks just to get her to let me cut the dead ends off.”

Camilla was so proud of her daughter that she decided she, too, would chop her long, flowing locks off for someone in need.

Their plan had been to donate their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. But they wanted to make sure their donation helped out someone in the area.

So they decided to give it all to a Greentown woman battling bone marrow cancer. Karen Honeas hasn’t lost her hair yet, but she will.

In June, she’ll spend a month in the hospital while she receives a bone marrow transplant. That transplant will hopefully keep her in remission for the next 25 to 30 years, but it comes with a high dose of chemotherapy that will make her hair fall out.

It’s something she dreads.

“Losing my hair is the worst part of the whole thing,” she said. “Sometimes when I think about it, it makes me teary eyed.”

She was touched, then, when the mother-daughter pair offered their own hair to her for a wig. She almost started crying when the Chesshirs asked her if she wanted it, she said. After all, they barely know each other.

Honeas has been going to Pets Supply Plus every week for about three years now to buy feed for her sheep and dogs.

Coincidentally, that’s about how long Camilla has been working there.

The two women see each other frequently and chat occasionally. Camilla knew her customer had cancer, but she didn’t know much more.

Still, she thought it might be a nice thing to do.

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