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Special Princess Wigs Add a Little Magic to Young Cancer Patients' Lives

These amazing, homemade wigs are helping kids with cancer regain their identities after losing their hair.

Rainbow Princess Wig Magic Yarn Project
Alaska mom and former oncology nurse Holly Christensen knows that chemotherapy treatment can make a person's skin sensitive to typical wigs after hair loss. So when her friend's 3-year-old daughter Lily was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she took a soft beanie and created a wig of yarn that transformed the princess-loving little girl into a Rapunzel look-alike. From there, her princess wigs took flight, and the non-profit The Magic Yarn Project was born.

Now, along with Bree Hitchcock, Christensen and her network of over 3,500 volunteers have distributed homespun wigs to kids with cancer in 29 countries. The wigs, which are available to mimic the hair of Disney princesses—including Elsa, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Anna—are all made with donated time and money. But they provide more than just magic and fun for their little wearers; these princess wigs in many cases give kids their senses of self back in the midst of their terrifying cancer journeys. "We have discovered that while these wigs mean a lot to kids, they also mean a lot to their families and parents as they get to witness their child smile and play again, forgetting if but for a moment that they even have cancer," founder Holly Christensen told Parents.com.  "One mother wrote us: 'These are so much more than yarn. They are moments of innocence and childhood. They are part of the healing process for families. They are bringers of magic!'"

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According to Today.com, each empowering creation takes between 1 and 4 hours to make, and uses 5 to 10 ounces of yarn. The Magic Yarn Project also provides pirate wigs and superhero beanies to boys and girls battling cancer.

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As the project's Instagram details, these wigs put smiles on the faces of the many strong and brave kids who receive them. And clearly these creations-from-the-heart provide a much-needed confidence boost to children who need it most.

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Melissa Willets is a writer, mom and coffee devotee. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.