Grace Zulke’s long-awaited hair appointment with her aunt at Refined Salon and Spa in Tsawwassen last Saturday will make a difference for many.
The Grade 2 French Immersion student at Ladner Elementary had 36 centimeters (14 inches) of hair lopped off. It will be donated to Wigs for Kids BC, volunteer-run organization that provides custom-made human-hair wigs for children and teens at BC Children's Hospital who have suffered hair loss due to cancer treatment or other serious illnesses.
It was back in Kindergarten when Zulke last got her hair cut. She let it grow it for a year then didn’t have much of a choice when the COVID-19 pandemic closed salons for an extended period last spring. Nearly a year later, she learned of Wigs for Kids.
Zulke also ran a month-long fundraising campaign that had generated $2,300 as of Monday. The money will help families pay for medications and feeding supplies that are essential for treatment, but not covered by their medical plan.
Her initial goal was to raise $1,000 or $100 for every inch that will be lopped off. That total was easily achieved and the new goal of $2,000 or $200 per inch was set.