Emily James, a compassionate and spunky 3-year old girl, decided, with the help of her parents Amy and Richard James, to donate her long hair to kids who lost theirs due to illness. Emily’s parents happen to be filmmakers and documented the process, resulting in the delightful and moving short film, Emily’s Hair.
We suggested to Emily that we cut her hair off and donate her hair for wigs for cancer patients. We sat down and explained to her what cancer was, that some kids got really sick and lose all their hair, and that people can donate their hair to make wigs for these kids. We told her it had to be cut really short to get enough length from it and Emily told us she was excited to ‘share her hair’…on the condition that “uncle Maffew would cut Dolly’s hair too”.
What Emily did, that was most meaningful to us…was that Emily was willing to give something that she had a lot of, something that could be of great meaning to another person. What we hope though, is that as Emily matures she will learn to make her own selfless decisions that inspire and bring hope, even if there is a cost.
To make the transition from long hair to short hair easier on the little girl, Emily’s stylist, Matthew Collins first cut her doll’s hair giving it the same chic bob that Emily would be getting. Then it was Emily’s turn.
For more information on the organization Emily worked with to donate her hair, click here.