Hair loss is difficult to cope with no matter how old you are, but for kids, it can be particularly stressful.
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Many children who have lost their hair due to alopecia or cancer treatments feel insecure about their baldness. Some even get bullied and experience lasting self-esteem problems. Thankfully, people like Quilla Bohannon understand how they feel.
Quilla is a single parent who lives in Lithia Springs, Georgia. The trained wigmaker and hair designer has personally made over 1,200 wigs for kids who can’t grow hair of their own. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, she gives each one away free of charge!
The selfless mom understands that many of these families have to pay medical bills and other expenses, so she donates all her time and supplies. Of course, making wigs and purchasing beads, webbing, and human hair is expensive, so she recently set up a GoFundMe campaign called FreeWigs4Kids.
For Quilla, giving these little ones a free wig is a way to bolster their self-esteem as they go through a difficult time.
“I’m really about building confidence, not tearing children down,” she explained. “They deserve to feel like everyone else.”
It takes her anywhere from a week to a month to finish one of her custom hairpieces, which she makes for children of all different backgrounds. She receives dozens of messages from families who want one, so she’s doing her best to fill as many orders as possible.
The moment she gives a child their new wig makes all the long hours of labor worthwhile!
“When the kids first get to see their wig, it just melts my heart,” Quilla said. “When the kids finally get to wear their wigs, it just makes them feel loved. They’re already dealing with a lot. I just want them to feel normal.”
She’s making a huge difference in these kids’ lives. Keep up the great work, Quilla!
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