A five-year-old girl from Rimbey has never had a haircut before.
Now, she’s ready to cut off what she calls her “princess hair” in support of a good cause.
Ella Stoner, who turns six in September, will donate her hair to benefit A Child’s Voice Foundation, which helps provide wigs or hair-loss solutions to the thousands of Canadian children who have lost their hair to cancer treatments, alopecia and other medical causes.
“She’s been growing her hair for five years and we’ve thought about getting trims and stuff,” said Lauren Stoner, Ella’s mother.
“But she wanted to keep it long. We had talked to her about how there are kids in the world who have medical issues, like cancer, and they lose their hair. She wanted to keep growing it, so it would be long enough that she could donate it to a kid. But also long enough so she still has some of her own princess hair left.”
Lauren said their family has known people with cancer throughout their lives, but this was just about Ella wanting to help another child.
“I’m super proud of her. Ella has a heart of gold and she is a very caring little girl,” said Lauren.
“Even though she understands what she’s doing, I don’t know if she fully understands the extent of how much it’s going to change someone’s life. I’ve told her when she’s older, this is something she’s going to look back on and be proud that she did.”
It takes 10-12 donated ponytails to create a wig and $2,000 to sponsor a child. The family also launched a GoFundMe page last week to raise money for the foundation.
The page, which can be found by searching “Ella donates her Princess hair” on gofundme.com, has already raised more than $1,000.
“It’s very heartwarming to see that kind of response,” Lauren said, adding people do not need to raise $2,000 to donate hair, but they felt raising money could help alleviate some of the stress from A Child’s Voice Foundation.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.acvf.ca.