Published on August 27, 2013
Emma Kerr, 8, is seen in a stylist’s chair at the hair salon in Sears just before she had over nine inches of her hair cut off on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. It’s the third time Kerr has cut her hair to donate it to be made into a wig for cancer patients.
Published on August 27, 2013
Emma Kerr is all smiles over her new haircut that is nine inches shorter.
CORNER BROOK — Emma Kerr celebrated her eighth birthday on Tuesday by giving to others.
The little girl from Gillams had her long, auburn hair cut to make a wig for someone else.
“Because it was a nice thing to do,” is the only reason the quiet girl had for doing it.
“It’ll go to people who don’t have any hair.”
While donating hair to make wigs for cancer patients is nothing new, Emma’s donation is special in that it’s her third one.
“Every time it gets really long and that’s why I let my hair grow out really long,” she said.
The donations started when she was four years old.
“Well mommy brought up the idea and I agreed with it,” she said.
Mom Deanne Kerr said when Emma would sit down she would be sitting on her hair and she figured it was time to cut it. At the same time, she said, she also thought why not do something worthwhile with it.
“I explained the idea to her and how it worked and she was good to go with it,” said Deanne.
After that first cut, Emma grew her hair out again and when she was six cut it and donated it for the second time.
“It takes about two years to grow it long enough to cut again,” said Deanne.
In between cuts, Emma takes good care of her hair with help from mom.
“Mommy does a lot for me and she buys this tangle stuff and this tangle brush,” said Emma.
Deanne adds they use shampoo and conditioner on Emma’s hair, never blow dry it and don’t add any colour to it.
On Tuesday, Mona Green, a hairdresser at Sears in the Corner Brook Plaza, cut off just over nine inches of Emma’s hair.
Deanne plans to mail the hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The link for hair donations can be found on the Canadian Cancer Society website.
Emma was delighted with the results and couldn’t stop looking in the mirror and swinging her new ’do.
Mom was also beaming at the results, and said Emma would be flicking and swinging her hair for days.
One family member, however, might not be so happy with the results. “He was sad the first time and the second time, so I’d say he’s going to be sad this time too,” said Emma of her dad Cecil.
Emma planned to round out her birthday celebrations with pizza at Greco before heading home and enjoying a movie on “the big TV” with her parents and four-year-old brother Evan.
But her giving days are far from over. She said she’ll donate her hair again, and in the meantime was going to go through her toys and pick out some things she no longer uses to donate to the local family resource centre.