I am constantly looking for inspiration – for Heels to Laces, for my Yellow Bloom marketing business and in my relationships with others. Funny, sometimes you realize the inspiration is right in front of you.
My 10-year old daughter Sofia had a goal to “grow her hair long” for over a year. The longer it grew, the more she realized her long hair could actually serve a purpose. So, her new goal was to grow it long enough to donate it to those who have lost their hair to cancer. We asked her what helped her come up with this idea and she said when her cousin Ben was diagnosed with Leukemia and lost his hair, she knew how much it upset him; “If I can help one person feel better when they lose their hair, I can make a difference in their life.”
So, we found a program called Pantene Beautiful Lengths that encourages women and men to grow, cut and donate their healthy hair to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. The donated hair is used to craft beautiful, high-quality wigs by Pantene’s partner HairUWear. And they only need 8 inches (the deal closer in Sofia’s eyes ;-).
We called one of our favorite salons, Hair Salon in Summit, NJ, to ask them if they could help us cut the ponytail and avoid destroying Sofia’s hair ;-). Not only did they gracefully and generously offer to help with cutting the ponytail, they also donated a fresh, new haircut for Sofia. They said “it would be our pleasure to be a part of such a great cause.” So this Memorial Day weekend, we made the cut.
As we beamed at our daughter and her new look, we were inspired – inspired by our daughter independently wanting to help others, inspired by Pantene for creating the program that can make a difference in people’s lives and inspired by Hair Salon for genuinely wanting to be a part of something good. There lies a fresh outlook on life – kindness does exist and often if you look right in front of you, you will find it. When you focus on the good, it spreads miles and miles.
Many, many thanks to Hair Salon and Pantene for making wishes come true.
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