16-year-old Stamford student Jennifer Edwards says she’s had Alopecia all her life, a condition causing her to lose her hair. After meeting Jennifer, volunteers at Stamford’s Kids Helping Kids organization decided to take their annual “Cuts for a Cause” event closer to home.
“The first couple years we did it, we were taking 100% of the proceeds and giving it to Locks of Love,” says KHK founder Lexi Kelley. “But after we met Jen Edwards, we are now donating 100% of the proceeds to her and providing her with a wig and the upkeep for that.”
Stylists at Salon Kiklo in New Canaan cut, washed, and styled hair all day Sunday to raise money for Jennifer and girls like her.
“It’s just a great organization to bring kids in and actually give out to the community,” says owner of Salon Kiklo, George Papadopoulos.
Now an ambassador for Kids Helping Kids, Jennifer says the organization has changed her life.
“It feels good that they’re doing an event like this to raise awareness,” says Jennifer Edward. “Also to make me gain confidence in myself because sometimes I’ll feel down because I have [Alopecia],”
“As a 16-year-old girl in a regular public school, it’s really hard to not have hair because that’s so different and no one really respects that,” says Kelley. “She was just really reserved and was just not herself, bit the second that she got the wig she really just blossomed as a person.”
“Now that I’m a part of Kids Helping Kids and this event, I don’t feel down or anything, I just feel like I could share my story and share how I’m dealing with Alopecia with other people,” says Edward.
To find out more about Kids Helping Kids, visit KidsHelpingKidsCT.org