Holly Christensen and Bree Hitchcock are making the lives of pediatric cancer patients a little bit easier. The two mothers founded The Magic Yarn Project, which knits Disney princess-inspired wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
"This project was first inspired when I found out last fall that the daughter of one of my college friends was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 2," Christensen, a nurse who's worked with cancer patients, told BuzzFeed. "Knowing how sick she would get and how difficult it would likely be for her to lose her long, blonde, curly hair, and knowing that the chemotherapy would make her bare scalp too sensitive and tender to wear a traditional wig, I made her a Rapunzel yarn wig on a soft crocheted beanie and sent it to her."
The girl was so thrilled with the gift that Christensen was inspired to continue creating wigs. Soon word of the project spread, with people across the globe offering to send supplies and make wigs themselves. So, Christensen and Hitchcock organized two workshops for nearby volunteers to help out with the wig-making process.
Over 80 wigs have been knitted thus far. They will be donated to childhood cancer patients so that they can "see a little magic and sparkle come into their lives during such a hard time."
“I can’t take the horrible disease away," Christensen continued, "but I can do something. I can bring some light into cancer patients’ lives and help provide a magical escape during an otherwise dark and difficult time.”