Kids & Family

Six-Year-Old Donates Hair To Kids With Cancer

She's inspiring others in her community to join her cause. She even has a haircut named after her.

When Caleigh Pesina was just four years old, she knew she wanted to do something to make a difference.

She was watching TV with her mom one day when she saw a commercial for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. She was confused as to why the kids in the ad didn't have any hair.

"I explained to her that they had cancer," her mother Nicole Pesina told KOAT7-TV.

That was when Caleigh decided that she would donate her hair to help to help kids with cancer – and she would do it every two years, once her hair would grow long enough to cut again.

"She wants to help little girls feel pretty again, the ones who can't grow their own hair. She wants them to feel pretty again and feel good about themselves," Pesina said.

Caleigh donates her hair every two years to Wigs for Kids. Nicole Pesina/Facebook

So, true to her word, Caleigh grew out her hair for two years and last week, the now 6-year-old visited Revive Hair Salon in Los Lunas, NM for a trim.

Caleigh mails her donations to Wigs for Kids, a national non-profit that has been making custom hair replacements for kids since 1981.


Revive Hair Salon has even pitched in to help with the girl's cause. They're now offering the "Caleigh Cut" to anyone who comes in to donate their hair, free of charge. Clients must be able to donate 10 inches of hair to be considered for a free cut.

"We thought of something that can make her story a little bigger and maybe inspire her, and others, to follow in her footsteps," the salon's owner Karen Garcia said.

Revive hopes that other salons in the area will do the same and start collecting donations for Wigs for Kids.

As for Caleigh, she's looking forward to her next visit to the salon, where she'll be able to make a big difference and help sick kids "feel pretty again."

How can you start something good?

Feeling inspired by Caleigh's incredible act of kindness? If you have some extra-long locks and are in need of a trim, you can make a donation to Wigs for Kids.

Or, if your hair isn't quite long enough to make the cut (pun intended!) you can consider making a financial donation instead.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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