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3-Year Old Girl Teaches Us All A Life Lesson

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unusual places. I was just relaxing after dinner, watching a little TV and wandering around the internet when I stumbled across Emily’s story.

She’s 3 years old and after seeing pictures of kids fighting cancer who had lost their hair, she wanted to do something about it.

What makes Emily unique is that by age three her golden [brown] locks were long enough to be made into a wig for a child with cancer. As Emily states in the video, “just cut some off and give it to a kid”. What an incredible lesson to learn from a 3 year old, when we have lots of something – don’t hold onto it, give it away to someone else who needs it more.

Emily James is just your typical little 3 year old princess. She loves nail polish, frilly dresses and when she can get her hands on it, moms lipstick. Her favorite movie is ‘Tangled’ and she is especially fond of her Rapunzel dolly, which is why ‘Dolly’ got a hair cut too. When Emily said she would let Uncle Matthew cut her hair, she insisted that he would cut ‘Dolly’s’ hair first.

It was Mommy and Daddy that suggested the idea to Emily to cut her hair and donate it for cancer wigs. They sat down and explained to her that to donate her hair, she would need to cut it fairly short, and that it would be a long time before she had long hair again. They looked at pictures together of little kids with no hair, they looked at pictures of wigs and they also looked at shorter styles – and she still wanted to make the donation. It probably doesn’t hurt that in the final scenes of Tangled, Rapunzel is sporting a cute, short style. With that in mind, the two of them, Emily and ‘Dolly’, booked an appointment with ‘Uncle Matthew’. (Matthew Collins, L’Oreal ID Artist, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner at Brennen Demelo Studios).

It’s an amazing lesson from an amazing little girl. If everyone can help a little, we can make a difference in so may children’s lives.

The 7th annual Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon is coming up on this radio station March 27 and 28 from Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. We hope you’ll tune in and find a way to help. We can all get a little life inspiration from Emily.

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