Three-year-old inspires cuts for cancer

Three-year-old inspires cuts for cancer

Posted: Updated:

Three-year-old Emily James doesn't usually like to get her hair cut, but when she learned about kids who lost their hair from cancer, it didn't take much to convince her to get one. All she requested was that her Rapunzel doll similarly get trimmed.

A video posted online by Emily's parents, Richard and Amy, who own a production company named FlyPress Films near Toronto, documents the little girl's idea to donate her hair for those who need it, and undoubtedly defines what it means to be generous.

"Sometimes, kids get sick and then their hair falls out, that's really, really sad," Emily says in the video. "I don't want any kids to be sad that they have no hair. What I want to do is give them my hair because I have more hair, just cut some of it off and give it to someone."

According to Amy, Emily was born with a full head of hair, and when the time came around for a shearing, her mom told her there was something special she could do with it if she cut it short. Amy showed Emily pictures of kids with cancer who'd lost their hair during chemotherapy, and tried to explain the situation to her daughter in a way she could comprehend.

"I wasn't sure if she would hate the idea or be nervous about the change, but she went for it," Amy tells the Good News Blog.

Emily's uncle, Matthew Collins, happens to be a hairstylist, and though Emily doesn't like him to do her hair, this time around, she welcomed the idea.

"I was surprised that she would go for big change and that she was excited about Uncle Matthew cutting her hair," Amy remarks.

As Amy and her husband had equipment available, they decided to put together a short documentary to show their family and friends who were well aware of Emily's aversion to cuts. They posted the video on Facebook, and the sharing began almost immediately. The original Vimeo post has accrued more 289,000 views over the last 10 days.

"We've had tons of comments and feedback pouring in from people," Amy notes. "Some of the comments are overwhelming because people will say things like she's an angel, this has restored our faith in humanity -- all these big comments. What I think is special is that Emily understood that what she was doing is sharing something she had with someone else who needed it."

Amy adds, "We can all do that. We all have stuff in our lives that we can share, even if we treasure it."

Luckily, Emily approved of the new 'do. She comments, "Me and my dolly look so pretty."

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.