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'Bald' Cinderella Shows Girl With Leukemia You Can Be 'Perfect' With Or Without Hair

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

By Kimberly Yam

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This little girl received a boost of confidence from a Disney princess that made her feel like she was in a fairy tale.

Isabella Harvey, 5, of Staten Island, New York, was first diagnosed with leukemia in January 2013, and while she went into remission for over a year, she relapsed this September and needed aggressive chemotherapy. The 5-year-old's hair began falling out, making her upset at her appearance.

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"She was embarrassed," Isabella's mother, Pina told The Huffington Post in an email. "When her hair fell out the first time she was 3 so she really didn't understand. But now she is 5 and was having a hard time dealing with it."

In an effort to get Isabella to see herself in a more positive light, Pina reached out to Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope, an organization which helps families whose children are battling cancer. The charity teamed up with Bella Princess LLC, a princess party company to set up a photo shoot late last month for Isabella -- complete with special guest, Cinderella. The model who dressed as the Disney princess donned a bald cap, and showed the young cancer patient that she had nothing to be insecure about.

"After all she went through ... it was such an amazing feeling seeing her so happy," Pina told HuffPost.

Before finding out that Cinderella would be attending her special day, Isabella, who was accompanied by her siblings, was hesitant to participate in the photo shoot, uncomfortable with showing her head.

"At first she didn't want to go. Then, she said she would go with a hat on, and when we got there she still refused to take off her hat," Pina said about of her daughter's uneasiness.

It all changed, however, when Cinderella walked in, confident even without hair.

"She said, "she looks just like me!'" Alana Hubbard, the photographer behind Mother Hubbard Photography who shot the images, told HuffPost.

Pina added, "Her face lit up and seemed to relax a little. Isabella took off her hat. She was so happy and seemed more at ease taking pictures."

The photo shoot ended up having quite an effect on the 5-year-old, who recently saw the pictures for the first time.

"It re-enforces what I tell her every day -- that she is beautiful. That photo shoot just made her realize everyone feels the same way as [I do]," Pina told HuffPost.

Hubbard says she's ecstatic to hear about Isabella's newfound confidence, and hopes that the pictures will provide others going through the same thing with some comfort.

"We're really hoping that it shows other little girls who may be going through cancer too, that you can be a perfect princess with or without hair," Hubbard said.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Topics: child, hair loss, inspiration, princess, fairy tale, medical, cancer, patient, treatment

'She Can Have Some Of My Hair': After Seeing Girl Without Hair, Toddler Moved To Donate Hers

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

By  Kimberly Yam

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This young girl is truly benevolent beyond her years.

Three-year-old Ariana Smith from Winterport, Maine watched a video from Extra Life, a charity that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through video gaming, that featured a girl who didn't have any hair. The curious kid then decided to ask her parents about what she saw, Josh Smith, Ariana's father, told the Huffington Post in an e-mail.

"She asked why the little girl had no hair. We explained that she was sick and that the medicine they were using made her hair fall out," Smith said.

The chat left a strong impression on Ariana. 

“Without a second thought, Ariana said ‘Oh, well she can have some of my hair,’” Smith told ABC News.

So, on November 21st, the toddler received her first cut, and with the help of her parents, donated her hair to Locks Of Love. The pictures from the milestone, which were posted on Imgur, have since gone viral with over 500,000 views -- an ode to the 3-year-old's generosity. 

"She could be so selfless like that," Smith told ABC News. "Her first reaction is ‘How about I give up something that I have so a little girl can feel pretty'."

While Ariana's act of kindness is a noble one, her father says that he wasn't surprised when she expressed her desire to donate her hair. He told HuffPost that she loves helping others -- even when she's playing.

"I think she’s just a caring person," he wrote. "She has a little play set of medical devices which she uses often. I’ve had my blood pressure and heart rate 'checked' hundreds of times this year."

As for Ariana's new hairstyle, the toddler seems to be adjusting quite nicely to her fashion statement. 

"She loves it," Smith says of her daughter's new hairdo. "She can eat her breakfast without worrying about her hair drooping into it."

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Topics: child, hair loss, hair donation, medical, cancer

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