Cancer has touched the lives of so many people in my family, in my friends’ families, and around our community. Let’s join forces to fight back!
I will soon cut off nearly a foot of my hair LIVE on air during News 4 Wake Up to create a wig for someone fighting cancer. Together, we can use this opportunity to help find a CURE for cancer so someday no one will have to fight.
Taken from Katie’s blog…
I am very excited (and a little nervous) to cut off so much hair at once. But, as many of you may remember, this is not my first time donating. I’ve actually done it a handful of times at this point, but only for my last cut did I really realize the impact a hair donation can have. I last donated my hair in July of 2015. Like we’re doing this time around, I cut off my hair live on air during News 4 Wake Up. (Search Making the Cut on the WIVB website if you want to watch that moment) But I truly understood what my simple gift meant earlier that morning, when I walked into the station and found a note from a very dear friend who was working as a photographer at News 4 at the time.
David’s mom had lost her fight to cancer earlier that year. With his permission, I’m sharing with you what he wrote:
“While cutting your teases last night, I had to stop because I couldn’t see the computer screen through my tears.
I was with my mom when she got her wig after losing her hair. Seeing her light up while looking in the mirror is something I will never forget.
What you’re doing this morning is wonderful. I just wanted to thank you for doing it. I’m sure you already know this, but this means the world to women that have to go through this.”
To this day, I keep that note pinned to my bulletin board in my cubicle, and to this day, it brings tears to my eyes when I read it.
My heart aches when I think about the pain David and his family went through when David’s mom passed. I admire their incredible strength.
And I’m so grateful to David for pointing out a truth I didn’t really comprehend until that point: To me, what I’m giving is just hair. For the person who receives the wig — and, hopefully, a little hope and strength to keep up their cancer fight — it means so much more.
I am so thankful I have the ability to keep donating my hair. It grows so fast and, fortunately, my bosses have been supportive of me letting my hair go a little wild to get it long enough to give again. But, I want to live in a world where no one needs my hair. I want to live in a world where no one has to fight cancer because we’ve finally found a cure for this awful disease that’s left so many holes in our lives and in our hearts.