“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Waterson

Mary and Whitney have been best friends for nearly a decade. In 2017, Mary started losing her eyebrows and eyelashes for the first time, and upon visiting a doctor, was diagnosed with Alopecia. Whitney told her that if she ever lost all of her hair, she’d go bald with her so that she didn’t feel alone.

Like many of us, 2020 was a challenging year. Whitney lost her father in May and Mary’s Alopecia began to worsen as she started losing her hair. Though Mary struggled with her body image, Whitney describes her best friend Mary as being so selfless and remembering the deal they once made.

Whitney was fully committed to cutting her hair off, to honor her best friend’s journey, so she didn’t have to feel alone. She thought, “It’s just hair!”

Whitney states that Mary has had to overcome many things. She couldn’t imagine losing her hair and adjusting to something that affects her physical appearance as well as her mental health.

“She is the strongest person I know, and I am fortunate to have her as a friend!” -Whitney

Mary and Whitney define true friendship. Whitney was able to donate fourteen inches of her hair to Wigs For Kids, for her best friend.

We know how losing your hair can affect your confidence and mental state. This is why Wigs For Kids creates hand-tied hairpieces for children who’ve lost their hair at no cost to them or their families.  We’re so grateful and honored that Whitney made such a thoughtful donation to Wigs For Kids, and love welcoming her to our community of donors. To learn more about ways to get involved and help the children we serve, visit our Get Involved page.