An Alaskan mom of three is bringing some joy to brave children battling cancer. Holly Christensen, with the help of a supportive community of volunteers, creates handwoven wigs to help them feel like a beautiful "princess" again.
The former oncology nurser first got the idea when her friend's 3-year-old daughter Lily was diagnosed with lymphoma. Christensen designed a Rapunzel-inspired yarn wig, made out of extra-soft baby yarn to protect her sensitive scalp.
"She's such a girly girl and loves princesses and [was] about to lose her long beautiful hair," Christensen told ABC News.
She hoped the wig would bring Lily some fun and magic during a difficult time.
"While not the most severe of side effects, hair loss can still be very difficult for cancer patients, especially little girls," shares the Magic Yarn Project's Facebook. "Cancer treatments often leave patients' bare scalps very sensitive and wearing traditional wigs is often too painful and uncomfortable for those undergoing treatments."
Christensen says the project has grown incredibly since she and a small group of her church friends first came together to make the wigs. Now she and her partner Bree Hitchcock, along with nationwide volunteers and donors, expanded the Magic Yarn Project to make and distribute wigs to hospitals and families in need all around the country. They currently have a GoFundMe Page to raise $20,000 and start a non-profit organization to increase wig production and delivery.
"To bring a little bit of magic into such a difficult time in their life is so rewarding. It's almost equally been so rewarding and magical to meet people who want to help," Christensen told ABC News.