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Magic Yarn Project Melts Hearts by Crocheting Disney Wigs for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Magic Yarn Anna wig

I know we’re all on Disney princess fatigue right now, Internet, but just look at these happy faces. This is too wonderful a thing not to show everyone, and you can help!

Former oncological nurse Holly Christensen started The Magic Yarn Project after making a Rapunzel wig out of yarn for a friend’s daughter who was diagnosed with lymphoma. She told Babble,

I knew she would be going through a difficult time, and that no one would be able to take her suffering away. I also knew that losing her long, curly blonde hair at not even 3 years old would be difficult for her, so I figured that the yarn wig could help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life.


Yarn is an especially good material for the young chemotherapy patients, because the treatment leaves their scalps sensitive, and regular wigs can cause irritation. Magic Yarn uses “baby” yarn that’s even softer to create the caps they’ll eventually turn into character wigs. Since her initial efforts, Christansen has been contacted by hundreds of donors and volunteers, and their first batch included over 40 wigs—all given free-of-charge at children’s hospitals around the U.S.

Now armed with a GoFundMe page to take in donations for the project (to which you can give if you feel so inclined), Magic Yarn’s volunteers (all donations fund materials and shipping) will produce a second round of wigs this month.


Christansen said,

The mission of The Magic Yarn Project is to create beautiful and soft princess yarn wigs for little girls with cancer and to encourage and facilitate volunteerism by involving communities nationwide in this project. We are so excited to see where this takes us and look forward to bringing light and magic to an otherwise very difficult time in the lives of little cancer fighters.


(via Fashionably Geek, images via Holly Christansen/Magic Yarn)

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