Ever since it began collecting donations of hair to make wigs for people with medical hair loss, Locks of Love has inspired countless stories of people rallying to the cause. Sometimes the stories are extra touching, such as this one from Shannon Avezzie. We'll let her tell it herself:
I am writing you in regards to my 5-year-old daughter, Hannah. She is a very special little girl, with a very giving, caring heart, and I could not be prouder of her! See, my mother died of cancer when I was 20, so my children never got to meet her. She was a very strong, brave wonderful person and I loved her very much, so I share my memories of her with my children.
Being 5, Hannah asks a lot of questions, like why (my mother) is in heaven and what is cancer. In those discussions, the loss of her hair due to treatments has been talked about.
Hannah knows there are other people and kids out in the world who have lost their hair and some never had hair. This has really bothered her and she has decided to donate her hair. Hannah has beautiful hair that has never had more than a trim since she was born, and she said to me the other night, Mom I have thought about this long enough, and I have decided to give my hair away.
I could not be prouder of her and I would like to share my pride and her generous heart with everyone.
Thanks, Hannah, for your thoughtfulness, and thank you, Shannon, for the story.