Penticton girl sheds locks to help kids

Grade 6 student at KVR Middle School donates her hair to Wigs for Kids program at B.C. Children's Hospital

Hannah Bloomfield looks over some of her hair she is donating to the Wigs for Kids program at B.C. Children's Hospital.

Hannah Bloomfield looks over some of her hair she is donating to the Wigs for Kids program at B.C. Children's Hospital.

While some kids were catching up on sleep or heading out on vacation for spring break, Hannah Bloomfield did something a little different.

The Grade 6 student at KVR Middle School got her hair cut. While it may not seem that unusual, what she did after was.

“I thought it would be a really good idea to donate it to kids that have cancer,” said Bloomfield.

After lopping off about 12 inches of hair, she did exactly that. In fact, it isn’t the first time she chose to donate her hair to be made into wigs for kids with cancer. In 2009, she cut off about 15 inches of her hair and donated it to Angel Hair for Kids.

This time around she researched with her mom and found the Wigs for Kids program affiliated with the B.C. Children’s Hospital oncology department.

Wigs for Kids B.C. was created to raise funds for children requiring hairpieces to replace their own hair lost during treatment for cancer and other serious childhood illnesses. The program accepts both monetary donations and those of hair.

For her earlier donation Bloomfield was recognized with a laminated certificate, and she expects something similar for her most recent offering of hair.

The girl’s parents, Liisa and Jason Bloomfield, said they are very proud of their daughter who approached them first with the idea.

“We are so proud of her to think of other people like that,” said Liisa.

The Bloomfields have had their own lives touched by cancer. Jason received treatment for thyroid cancer.

“It is nice to see her give back to people. I guess she has been taught well,” said Jason, who has been doing well since his cancer treatment.

Hannah said since the haircut helps keep her cool in the summer, she hopes to keep donating her hair to help kids.