They live out a dream while dealing with illness
Cancer is an odious disease that robs us of our loved ones too soon. It’s even more sad when an innocent child succumbs to the voracious disease, and they can become depressed by constant hospital stays, radical treatments, and the thought that they may not be able to make it through. But one woman has decided to make their plight a little happier by transforming children with cancer into their favorite Disney characters with her special gifts.
Holly Christensen of Palmer, Alaska, has a crafty side; she enjoyed making thick, adorable yarn wigs for her children. But when she heard that her friend’s child had fallen ill, she wanted to help out in a small way. “Last fall one of my friends from nursing school, I found out that her daughter was diagnosed with cancer.”
“As an oncology nurse, I’ve learned that I can’t do everything, but I can do something.”
“I knew having been a cancer nurse what she was about to go through,” says Holly. She created a wig for the sick child and it brightened their spirits.
Holly remembers when she put it on: “It’s so precious. She’s stroking her Rapunzel hair and she’s just like, ‘Pretty soon my hair is going to grow back and I’m going to have real Rapunzel hair.'”
Having seen how happy this once-scared and exhausted little girl was with her wig, Holly knew that she had to continue this worthy mission. “I gathered a few friends together and decided to make a few dozen wigs.” The word quickly spread far and wide. “I converted my one-car garage into a magic yarn workshop.”