MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAW) -- An 8-year-old girl from Marshfield is hoping to inspire others to donate their hair to benefit cancer patients by cutting off her own.
After watching a series of youtube videos about children going through cancer and losing their hair during treatment, Sophia Hendrickson decided to cut her own hair and donate it to Wigs for Kids; a non-profit organization to help children with cancer.
"I always had long beautiful and gorgeous hair," stated Hendrickson, as she reflected on her new hairstyle. "I knew this was a good thing to do and I felt really happy that I had this chance to do this for them."
Hendrickson's hair was 15-inches long before she cut it on Friday. Her family says this came as a big surprise because she loved her long hair so much, but they supported her decision.
"Some people lose their hair during treatment and this is one way I can help," added Hendrickson.
Monday will be the first day she returns to school with a new look. Although she is a little nervous about what her friends might say, she hopes this inspires others to do the same.
"When my hair grows longer I'll cut it again and when it grows back I'll cut it again; I'll keep doing it."
If you are interested in donating your hair to Wigs for Kids, visit their website at ww.wigsforkids.org.