Those who read about 11-year-old Mackenzie Braithwaite-Kelso’s sudden decision to have her head shaved for charity Aug. 11 will be pleased to know the youngster’s spirit continued to flow long after the head-shave.
Elise Muller, Mackenzie’s best friend, missed out on the headshave. But a couple of days later, she put her own long locks under the scissors.
Together with family and friends, Elise gave up her ponytail for Wigs for Kids, a program to support kids going through cancer treatments.
When asked how she felt about her new “do,” Elise said, “I feel good about it. I’m glad I helped someone and I got a haircut too, so it’s good for two reasons.”
Mackenzie, with her newly shaved head, was on-hand for the ponytail’s removal.
“I like it,” said Elise of Mackenzie’s hair. It was just two days after the head-shave fundraiser [Youngster steps up for impromptu head shave, Aug. 13, The TIMES] that Elise decided she would still share her hair and donate her ponytail to Wigs for Kids, which is a part of the BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association (BCCCPA).
Athletes in Kind (AIK), the organization that hosted the Pitt Meadows headshave earlier this month, donates all funds raised to BCCCPA.
Elise’s mom, Lorie Muller, is the founder and president of AIK. She explained why all funds generated go to BCCCPA.
“It all goes straight to the pockets of the families who need it most,” Muller said. “We believe in practical support.”
Muller was impressed with Elise and Mackenzie’s decisions to lose their locks.
“Especially at this age,” said Muller, who added, “Elise has always had a heart for charity.”
Those wondering how Mackenzie is feeling about her new look as back to school approaches can rest easy, according to her dad, Corey Kelso.
“I believe it took a couple of days [to get used to it], but she is definitely more comfortable with it. She knows what she did and who it helps,” Kelso said.
The spirit of these two will carry into the weekend. The girls’ friend Lauren Balla of Pitt Meadows will donate eight inches of her hair Saturday.
Funds raised by Lauren will also go to Athletes in Kind.
Lauren’s brother, eight-year-old Davis Balla has had his head shaved at the last three years and gave Mackenzie a toque at the Aug. 11 event.
It was feeling inspired by her friends and her brother that led Lauren to want to give up her hair for a good cause noted Lauren’s mom, Shannon Balla.
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