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Top of Mind: The Magic Yarn Project

When adult women battling cancer lose their hair, they may start wearing wigs and hats, but when children fighting cancer lose their hair, those options aren’t very appealing…Until now. Holly Christensen, an oncology nurse from Alaska has turned a one-time gift from a friend’s daughter into an international nonprofit organization making colorful yarn wigs for kids with cancer. Imagine a giant yellow braid festooned with flowers (Rapunzel-style), or for boys, a beanie with braided dreadlocks and beads to look like Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Volunteers from around the world are churning out hundreds of these yarn wigs to brighten the lives of sick kids.

It’s called The Magic Yarn Project. It’s a project that has helped child cancer patients gain comfort and confidence in their young lives. Normal wigs can be harsh on their tender scalps but the soft yarn used for these princess inspired wigs help keep these children warm and happy.

This amazing project has been able to reach children all across the world, including places like Kenya. It is run solely on volunteer hours. And there are endless ways to get involved. You can donate money, crochet your own wig, attend workshops and much, much more. They get many request from parents for long princess wigs and need all the help they can get.

For more information on this amazing project, listen to our full interview with founder Holly Christensen here.

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