Holly Christensen, a mother and former oncology nurse in Alaska, has come up with a brilliant way to help young cancer patients feel a little more comfortable with the loss of their hair during treatment. She has started The Magic Yarn Project, a workshop where she and her helpers crochet yarn wigs to resemble the hair of the child's favorite Disney princess — be it Elsa, Ariel, Princess Jasmine or Belle.
The inspiration came when a friend's 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma.
"She's such a girly girl and loves princesses and is about to lose her long beautiful hair [to chemotherapy]." Christensen told ABC News.
In order to help the little girl cope, Christensen made a Rapunzel wig out of yarn.
Not only is the wig totally fashionable, but it's comfy too, since it's made on a soft crocheted beanie meant for post-chemo sensitive skin.
Christensen's idea caught on immediately, and it wasn't long before she was enlisted to make more Disney princess hairdos for other children going through treatment. With the help of others, she's now started her own workshop, The Yarn Project, so more wigs can be produced and given to children around the nation for free.
"To bring a little bit of magic into such a difficult time in their life is so rewarding," Christensen told ABC News. "It’s almost equally been so rewarding and magical to meet people who want to help."
To keep up with the growing demand for the wigs, and to earn a non-profit status for The Yarn Project, Christensen has created a GoFundMe campaign where she asks people to donate to her cause.
"Magic Yarn creates soft and beautiful yarn wigs for little warriors who are bravely battling cancer," she writes on the GoFundMe page.