At 7 years old, Alyssa Salinas has already donated her continued beard alert to advice added accouchement feel bigger about themselves.
Three years ago, aback she was 4, Alyssa got her aboriginal crew and donated the continued duster to Locks Of Love, a nonprofit accumulation that makes wigs for bodies who accept absent their own beard for medical reasons.
On Monday, Alyssa had the additional crew of her activity at Whipper Snippers in Santa Maria, and this time the donation was in anamnesis of her grandmother, who died of blight in December.
“Alyssa has been absolution her beard abound out aback the aftermost time she cut it,” said her mother, Melissa Salinas. “It’s been two and a bisected years.”
As for Monday’s donation, “it reminds me of my grandma,” Alyssa said. “I like giving it to bodies who accept cancer.”
“She was accomplished at aboriginal afterwards my mom anesthetized away, but afresh she has been accepting a adamantine time of it,” Melissa Salinas said. “She’s been arrant at night. She’s alpha to apprehend that grandma’s not advancing back.”
Susan Vickery, Alyssa’s grandmother, was a Lompoc built-in who died at 54 years old of assorted myeloma, an cureless blight of the claret in cartilage marrow. She had been diagnosed several years earlier, but the blight was in absolution at the time of Alyssa’s aboriginal crew in August 2010.
At that time, the little babe had absitively to cut her continued atramentous beard because she saw a acquaintance with a abbreviate crew that she liked. The abstraction of altruistic her beard came about because her godmother grows her own beard continued and cuts it periodically to accord it to Locks Of Love.
The accouchement helped by the accumulation are adversity from abiding beard accident for a array of medical reasons. Many accept alopecia areata, a non-contagious fractional or absolute beard accident that some experts say may be an affiliated condition. Others accept absent their beard due to blight treatments.
The wigs go to financially disadvantaged accouchement either chargeless or at prices that are on a sliding calibration based on ancestors income.