Mom crochets yarn wigs to help cancer-stricken kids feel like Disney princesses
Every little girl deserves long flowing locks like a Disney princess, even little girls who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.
That's why Alaska mother-of-two Holly Christiensen creates magical yarn wigs by hand, and sends them to girls around the world battling cancer.
"Although I believe every child is just as beautiful and special without their hair, hair loss still remains a difficult change for children to adjust to on top of all the other difficult side effects that accompany cancer treatment," Christiensen told InsideEdition.com.
She and her co-founder Bree Hitchcock created The Magic Yarn Project, with the aim of sending comfortable and glamorous princess or pirate's wigs for kids battling cancer.
The former oncology nurse said the entire journey began two years ago, when her close friend's 3-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with cancer.
"Since Lily loves princesses, I thought this wig would help brighten her day after losing her long, blond curls to chemotherapy," Christiensen said.
Realizing how much the wig helped Lily take her mind off chemotherapy, Christiensen decided to create a dozen more wigs for other kids in need.
As momentum grew, the organization started providing crochet patterns online and hosting workshops for volunteers around the country who are eager to contribute to her cause.
The pair has since made nearly 1,500 yarn wigs that have been shipped to 23 countries including Greece, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Israel.
"It's amazing how a little bit of love and yarn can reach children in countries I've never been to," she said.
One of her larger projects included sending a box full of wigs to the Ukraine National Cancer Institute: "The child life specialist told us what this gift meant to these children who often come from low income families and could never have dreamed of such a nice gift, even when healthy."
She said it costs around $30-50 and a couple hours' time to make each wig, and through a request form on their website, families and hospitals are able to reach out to The Magic Yarn Project for their own custom wig orders, all free of charge, thanks to the generous donations they receive.
While their organization continues to go strong, The Magic Yarn Project is now trying to raise $10,000 to classify as a registered non-profit. Visit their Kickstarter campaign to support the cause.