Seven year old’s hair goes to wig program

A young girl is enjoying her new short hairdo this spring, after having 10 inches sheared off last Friday.

And one day, someone going through cancer treatment will enjoy wearing a wig, made from that very hair.

Mackenzie Frumen is only seven, but for the past two years she’s been focused on making a serious donation.

“She’s wanted to do this since kindergarten,” her mother Linda said earlier this month. That’s two years of measuring and re-measuring her locks. They thought it would be long enough by last fall, but the requirement for donations is 10 inches.

“It’s long enough now and she’s ready to have it cut,” Frumen said.

The decision to cut has two benefits. For one, the hair will be turned into a wig through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. The wig will stay in Canada, her mother says. Mackenzie is also hoping her gesture will encourage people to donate to the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

She learned about the foundation through her parents, who have met the Cuccione’s and are equally moved by family’s pursuit of funding childhood cancer research.

When her principal at Kent elementary school found out about her efforts to donate hair, he knew he had to support her. Chris Wejr interviewed her and wrote about her on his popular blog, The Wejr Board.

And finally, on Friday, it was time for the haircut. The Frumens, along with hairdresser Tracy Shea, from Cozy Cuts Salon in Chilliwack, all went to the school for the big cut.

The hair will now be sent out to Pantene, but Mackenzie’s fundraising isn’t over.

To find out more about the Michael Cuccione Foundation visit http://www.childhoodcancerresearch.org. Anyone wanting to make a donation through the charity’s website should put Mackenzie’s name in the comment box on the donation page.”We hope that we are teaching her to be thankful for everything that we have and that we should help others if we have the opportunity,” her mom said. “Never too young to learn!  Through this fundraiser we have all learned how generous people can be.”

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