Meet Jade... six months ago, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She is the niece of one of our cosmetologists, Claudia. I still remember the day when she gave me the sad news that the blood tests were abnormal. We live so busy in our daily lives, that sometimes we forget that this is a reality for many children who are true heroes. Heroes who are constantly fighting this horrible disease at hospitals. Jade’s treatment will be for one year. She lives in El Centro CA and her family needs to bring her once a week to have her chemo in San Diego. We all have faith that she will get better as well as many children in similar condition. Soon, she will be able to play and go to school, grow up happy and healthy.
Touched my heart
Jade’s example has touched my heart. One of the ways that I can help those children indirectly and through my salon is by offering my customers an easy and convenient way to donate hair. I really appreciate all the people who do it for the benefit of others. My job is to make sure that the hair is stored, packed and delivered appropriately to the organization that makes wigs with natural hair for children with cancer or other diseases. These are little things that add up, and as a community, we can all contribute to making a child smile by providing a moment of joy so they can at least forget for a moment the constant battle they are facing.
We can all help each other
There are so many ways we can all help each other. Donating hair is not an easy task, it takes physical and emotional effort. Letting your hair grow, only to prepare yourself mentally for the experience of cutting it. Keep in mind as you train your eyes to love your new hairstyle, the hair will grow back! The positiveness will be transmitted and the goal of making someone else happy will be fulfilled. Every time that I have a new customer who wants to donate hair, I feel excited because, like Jade and so many other children, I know someone at the other side will be very happy to receive this beautiful gift. The organization I always use is “Children With Hair Loss”. CWHL is a not-for-profit organization that helps children and young adults to maintain their self-esteem and confidence.
Now is my time
I have donated hair from my customers for more than two years. Now is my time to join this great cause. I am letting my hair grow and as soon it reaches the required length (at least 8 inches), I will make my personal donation. I can't wait to show you how rewarding this process is. Keep an eye out for updates, this might happen towards the end of the year.
We make the process easier
If you ever think about donating your hair, at Criss Cross we make sure it will be handled and delivered with love. If you are not close to us, talk to your cosmetologist, you can even do your own research about Children With Hair Loss or any other organization that you may like. The goal is to help in any way to those in need like Jade, our strong little girl who we know will win this battle. I’m confident we will find a cure soon... in the meantime, let’s try to help!!