A gift from the heart

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Christmas season is the time for giving and Carol Wisham of Lake City gave a gift from the heart when she had 14 inches of her hair cut and donated to "Wigs for Kids." Wigs for kids takes hair donations and makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatments.

Karen Vaughn, hair stylist at Jandel Beauty Shop in Jonesboro, volunteered to cut Wisham's hair.

Vaughn is a volunteer at Camp Quality each year, a summer camp for children with cancer. The camp is held at Bald Knob and is a wonderful week for the children.

Hair that is used to make the wigs, has to be 10 inches or longer. The hair is taken to Wigs Unlimited in Jonesboro and then it is sent to Wigs for Kids in Rocky River, Ohio, where wigs are made and distributed to children.

Wisham has not had short hair since she was in the seventh grade. When she decided to cut her hair, she decided it might as well be used for a good cause.

She heard about the program through the Buster Campbell family who lost their son, Casey, to cancer several years ago.

"Their daughter, Katey Campbell, let her hair grow so she could donate it to Wigs for Kids and at the time I thought that was a great gift to give," Wisham said.

Wisham has two sons, Jeffery, who is in the eleventh grade at Riverside High School, and Jeremy, who is in the seventh grade at Riverside Junior High School.

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