Leah Keenan (11) a pupil at St Fursey's School Haggardstown, has cut off her hair and donated it to a cancer trust that makes wigs for children who have the disease.
“My hair will grow back. I’m not losing it because I have a cancer,” said Leah, reminding us all of our good fortune.
Leah is from Clooneevan Haggardstown. Her Granny was diagnosed with cancer last July and this prompted Leah to do some research into the disease. She spent some time researching the disease and spoke with her mother Brenda about it.
They were investigating how children can get cancer and lose their hair.
They found a website called “The Little Princess Trust”, which makes wigs for children and raises money for children who have cancer. Leah filled out the application online and decided that she was going to donate her hair to the trust.
The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents of of Hannah Tarplee.
Hannah was the original Little Princess. However sadly she was diagnosed with having a Wilms tumour and after a brave battle, died in 2005. At that time it was very difficult to find high quality of wigs for children. Since the trust's inception, they have gone on to help thousands of children feel a little more comfortable while battling the illness.
“From the moment the envelope came in the post Leah was determined and happy to donate her hair for the children who had none”, Brenda said.
The hair was cut by Talking Heads stylist Gemma McManus. Leah had great support from many people and she went door-to-door raising over €800. The final count has yet to be announced as donations are still on going.
The support did not end there with the hairdressers Talking Heads, Flanagan’s Motors, Dublin Road, Mace Blackrock, and Joe’s shop Green Gates, all placing sponsorship cards at their business.
Donations-sponsorship is still being accepted at these locations and St Fursey's National School Haggardstown school.