Saturday, March 16, 2013

3 year old Elijah Edney is getting his hair cut to help kids fighting cancer - all 2 feet of it!

A little boy who has never had his hair cut is getting his two foot long locks chopped off - to make a wig for children with cancer. 

Elijah Edney, three, is donating his long golden mane to charity and hopes to raise enough money to pay for the wig to be made. 

His mother Amber Edney, 27, says she let Elijah grow his hair how he liked, but now people are starting to mistake him for a girl because of his tresses. 

Mrs Edney, a dinner lady, said: 'Elijah has always had beautiful hair, so I let him grow it like he wanted. It's like silk. 

'But now it is at a stage where people mistake him for a girl and he wants it cut into a boy's haircut. 

'He will be four next month but everyone thinks he is a girl and he's started to get frustrated. 

'People say 'Oh, what a cute girl' to me, and Elijah has to say 'I am a boy'.' 

Elijah's shorn hair will go to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer and other hair-loss illnesses. 

Mrs Edney and Elijah's father, Dean Edney, want to collect enough money - £350 - to transform it into a wig for a sick child. 

Mrs Edney said: 'I couldn't bear to see all Elijah's beautiful hair go to waste and my mum mentioned about charities that use human hair to make into wigs. 

'Elijah keeps telling people he is giving his hair to poorly princesses and he is so excited to get it done. 

'He says that he no longer wants to have rock star hair and wants to look like his older brother. 

'If we can raise the amount we want, it will mean a family will not have to pay for the wig to be made and can receive it free of charge. 

'I'm over the half-way mark now, so fingers crossed I'll reach my target and can send off both the hair and the money. 

'When you've got children yourself, you hope that if they lost their hair someone out there would do the same for them by donating their hair. 

'For little girls, hair is so important so hopefully Elijah's hair will make someone very happy.' 

Elijah's new hairdo will be a spiky two-inch crop. His older brother, six-year-old Beau, had shoulder-length hair until he was around Elijah's age. 

A spokesman for the Little Princess Trust said: 'We're very grateful to anyone who decides to have their hair cut to donate it to the Little Princess Trust. 

'As a result of hair donations such as this, the charity receives a large number of real-hair wigs free of charge to pass on to families whose children have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.'