Brave the Shave is all about kids. We’ve said that time and time again.
Each year, many feet of hair are donated during our Brave the Shave events. This year, the hair will be going to an organization that was set up specifically for kids who have lost their hair due to cancer and other medically-related issues such as burns and Alopecia. And here’s the kicker. The families of these kids don’t have to pay a dime for the wigs.
This nonprofit organization, Children with Hair Loss, was founded in 2000 by Regina Villemure, a hairstylist whose three-year-old niece was diagnosed with leukemia. Regina noticed during her niece’s treatment that many of the children in similar situations either didn’t have hair or wore outdated synthetic wigs.
Being in the cosmetology industry, Regina knew that hairpieces were very expensive and most families couldn’t afford human hair. After doing a lot of research and finding that no other organization at that time was giving human hair replacements to kids at no cost, her passion for hair evolved into a mission, and today, Children with Hair Loss donates more than 300 customized hairpieces to boys and girls every year, giving them renewed confidence and self-esteem.
Unlike other organizations that make hair replacements, Children with Hair Loss accepts hair that is as short as 8 inches (although longer is preferred) and chemically treated (although non-chemically treated hair is preferred, any hair in good condition is accepted).
To this day, Children With Hair Loss has never charged a child for a hairpiece, and runs solely on charitable donations. What more could you expect from an organization with the slogan, “Covering young heads to heal young hearts?”
If you are interested in donating your hair during Brave the Shave, visit http://bit.ly/BraveTheShaveHairDonation.