METCHOSIN, BC – Keilah couldn’t have been more excited to start the day. The nine-year-old even woke up early so her mother could straighten her hair.
“I felt really excited to go to school and show everyone my new (haircut),” Keilah smiles.
The young girl has been growing her hair for five years, before cutting much of it to donate to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.
“I really hope they enjoy it,” she said earlier in the week, while holding her 15-inch lock of hair. “I hope this will make them happy.”
Keilah also raised over $ 1,600 for the cause, after his Nana died suddenly from leukemia.
“I think Nana is looking from the sky,” said Marina, Keilah’s mother, with a smile. “And is so proud of her granddaughter.”
When Marina met her daughter after school the next day, she couldn’t wait to hear how proud the other children were of Keilah’s care.
“I saw her get off the bus and I could immediately see that her eyes were swollen,” recalls Marina. “She got into the truck and she just started to sob.”
Keilah said she cried at school after a group of children laughed at her and said her hair was ugly.
“It literally tore my heart apart,” Keilah says.
“The mom bear is coming out,” Marina said of her reaction. “You just want to do it right for your child. “
So Marina shared her daughter’s story on social media, imploring parents to talk to their kids about the impact of bullying and the importance of kindness.
She also mentioned what Keilah was planning.
“If this is how I feel – really badly – how do kids with cancer feel when they are bullied?” Keilah wondered. “It broke my heart.”
The post inspired hundreds of comments and thousands of shares. The massive positive responses included generous giveaways from local businesses, including a $ 100 gift card.
But the most meaningful post of all, Keilah says, is a video of a 4-year-old.
“Thanks Keilah. You are so beautiful, ”Jaime said. “It means so much to us.”
Her sister says her little brother has leukemia. Her mother says Jamie’s hair is just starting to grow back after receiving treatment and their family wanted Keilah to know how important it was for her to donate her hair.
“You are so beautiful,” Jamie said before the video ended.
“It really made my day,” Keilah smiles.
Keilah says she felt allowed to go to school the next day and even received an apology.
Now, she plans to pay for the positivity by using this gift card to buy toys for the kids in the hospital’s cancer ward.
“I just want to,” Keilah said. “I feel like they deserve it.”