A little girl with challenges
of her own gives hair for
“Once she saw the commercial, she kept asking me whether
she should do it or not,” Edins said. “When it was decided she
was going to go throughwith it, I went online to find out where
we needed to go once her hair was long enough. I learned you
can go anywhere as long a licensed beautician cuts the hair.”
“I was just thinking about kids with cancer that don’t have
hair,” Haylee said. “I thought I would donate my hair to make
For over a year, Haylee let her hair grow.
When asked if any of her classmates asked her why she was
letting her hair grow out, Haylee said they didn’t.
“We typically have long hair around here,” Edins joked.
On Oct. 18, Edins’ cousin, Monica Dove, did the honors of
cutting Haylee’s hair to send to Locks of Love.
“They usually will make two wigs out of 10 inches of hair,”
Edins said. “They may be able to make more from Haylee’s
hair. I think it depends on how long the kids want the wigs
After the cut, Haylee is now sporting a new hairstyle that is
right above her shoulders.
“I actually like it, but it is kind of strange,” Haylee said. “Peo-
ple have asked about my new haircut and have complimented
me on it.”
Edins commended her daughter for being willing to grow
her hair out and getting a short haircut without knowing how
it was going to look on her. “She’s braver than I am. She asked
me why I didn’t do it, but I’m not sure my haircut would end
up looking as good as hers does,” Edins said.
Haylee has enjoyed the experience so much that she is con-
templating doing it again. Edins is not surprised at all that
Haylee wants to donate
her hair again. “She’s such a
sweetheart,” Edins said. “She
always wants to do something
for someone else. If someone
is sad, she wants to make
A child’s heart knows no bounds.
Haylee Fleeman, a little girl who knows
about living with challenges, is the epito-
me of this statement.
Haylee is a fourth-grader at Royston El-
ementary School who donated 17 inches of
her hair to Locks of Love.
With her sweet nature, it is easy to over-
look the fact that Haylee has cerebral palsy
and is in a wheelchair.
“She was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1
pound, 4 ounces,” Haylee’s mother, Tosha
Edins said. “She was in the hospital for a
year before I was able to bring her home.”
Haylee was 2 years old when she was di-
agnosed with cerebral palsy. Edins, said
the thought of donating her hair came to
Haylee after they were watching television
and saw a commercial for Locks of Love.
LOCKS OF LOVE
with her new
short ‘do, said
she may grow her
hair out again for
man grew her hair
out for a year to do-
nate to Locks of Love.
a relative of Haylee’s,
cut her hair so she
could make the dona-