Pickle's Gift from the Heart

Anyone who knows Pickle knows he is an energetic boy with a heart of gold. And if you know me, you know how proud I am to be his Mommy. This week is a very special week for our family. After 6 1/2 years, Pickle has finally cut his beautiful locks of blonde hair, and we are heading to a special event to donate it to Wigs for Kids! I can honestly say, I wish I had known that this event was coming to town, because I would have waited an extra week to cut his hair! But I am VERY happy to know that, although we have already cut his hair, we can still donate his hair while the event is going on! 

If you are close to one of these locations, and are thinking of cutting your hair, or that of your child, consider this an opportunity to teach your child multiple life lessons. We have spoken openly with our children about illnesses and the downsides of illness AND the side effects of some of the treatments. Our kids know how lucky they are to be healthy. They also know how much a gift can lift the spirits of another, and bring them joy and happiness.

Pickle has been very outspoken about his choice to grow his hair out long and donate it. He has suffered through teasing at school, as well as from some of our extended and overly opinionated family. He has learned to stand up for what he believes in, regardless of the hurtful words and actions of others.  I have suffered through comments that degrade my parenting skills and choices, for allowing him to have a choice AND a voice. I have no regrets. I am raising a little man who already has a giving heart. He makes my heart swell with pride.

Not only did he cut his hair, but he made the choice to keep his hair long enough to wear in a ponytail, so that he could continue to grow his hair out again, for another donation in the future.

Now, for those of you who have been considering donating your hair, please check out the information below! This is going on THIS WEEKEND!


Hair donations accepted at Master Cuts Salons in selected Westfield Malls
Saturday, Jan. 12, from noon to 4:00 p.m.
WHO/WHAT: In honor of the new Disney On Ice production “Dare to Dream” featuring Disney’s newest princess – the long golden-haired, Rapunzel from “Tangled,” Disney On Ice is inviting the community to participate in a heartwarming hair donation campaign to benefit Wigs for  Kids, an organization that helps hundreds of children every year that are suffering from medically related hair loss. Join us and donate your hair (at least 10"-12" long).

Master Cuts Salons will be providing the salon services for the event at selected Westfield Malls on Saturday, Jan. 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The first 15 hair donors to register at each location will receive a Rapunzel necklace and two tickets to see Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream in San Diego, January 24-27, 2013.

WHERE:        Westfield Plaza Bonita, Westfield Parkway Plaza 
                   AND Westfield Plaza Camino Real
                            Westfield Plaza Bonita and Master Cuts Plaza Bonita
3030 Plaza Bonita Road, Suite 2075, National City, CA 91950
619-472-5899  (to register)

 Westfield Parkway Plaza and Master Cuts Parkway Plaza
 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020
619-444-3336  (to register)

 Westfield Plaza Camino Real and Master Cuts Plaza Camino Real
 2525 El Camino Real #100, Carlsbad, CA 92008 
760-643-7455  (to register)                 
WHEN:             Saturday, January 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
                          *Media is asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to check-in
About Disney On Ice
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream will perform at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena) from January 23-27, 2013.  Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 .  
For more information, please visit www.DisneyOnIce.com or look for us on Facebook and YouTube.

About Wigs for Kids
For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should. With an injured self-image, a child’s attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also. Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look at themselves and live 
their lives.

This event has ended, but you can still donate hair or money via their website above. Check out the requirements before getting your haircut, as their length requirements differ from that of other programs!


Nichole said...

So proud of him! Give him a big hug from me. xoxo

Chris Badgett said...

Wonderful story. Very inspiring. I'm a dad who never grew cut my hair from age 13 to 27. I then donated to Locks of Love.

It's beautiful to see this giving attitude in children.

Great job to the both of you.

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