How it all started…
My name is Holly Christensen. I have often witnessed the scary and painful world of cancer as an oncology nurse, friend, and family member. I’ve always held my cancer patients very close to my heart. In 2014, upon learning that a friend’s daughter had been diagnosed with cancer and would likely be in the hospital for a while, I began to think of what I could do to help bring some magic and light to this little girl’s life during the trying days that I knew were ahead for her.
Knowing how difficult it would be for her to lose her beautiful blonde curls, I made her a Rapunzel yarn wig and sent it in the mail.
She was overcome with joy.
My friend remarked at how many other little girls in that hospital would love to have such a special gift, as it had had such an impact on her daughter’s demeanor and happiness during her treatments.
I began to organize what I thought would be a small project creating a few dozen wigs to send to little cancer patients, and I put up a request on Facebook for yarn donations. Within hours, I was flooded with responses from around the world—mothers who wanted these wigs for their little girls who have cancer, complete strangers who wanted to help by donating money to buy yarn, professionals reaching out and requesting wigs for their hospitals, and more.
What started as a small project has snowballed into something much bigger than I ever expected. My friend and co-founder Bree Hitchcock and I have been overwhelmed with the donations and desire to help that has come from all over the world.
The Magic Yarn Project was created to answer the call to bring light to little cancer fighters, and to help community members discover ways to be those light-givers.