YORK — Haley Sapp got her long tresses neatly snipped ahead of a trip to visit relatives in Arizona. She did a very nice thing while she was at it, too.
Haley is a blue-eyed, 6-year-old go-getter from Osceola. She and her sisters, one older and one younger, were at Cost Cutters at Walmart in York Wednesday evening on a three-pronged mission; chop, chop and chop.
At seven inches, Haley’s dazzling blond curls measured long enough for donation to Wigs for Kids, a program that makes hair pieces available free to child victims of cancer. The other girls, alas, fell a tad short of the required length.
It was bittersweet for Haley’s dad, Clay, who sighed and admitted in a whisper, scant minutes before stylist Aleshia Potter took scissors in hand and set to work, that he dreaded to see his daughter lose those extra long strands of hair.
For more than 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing hair replacement systems and support at no cost to children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical conditions.
The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child’s outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit him or her 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.