Young Cabella Johnson hides her face in her mother’s jean jacket when asked why she’s decided to lop off her blonde locks if she collects $250 by Nov. 4.
“For Josie,” the four-year-old whispers.
Her friend, two-year-old Josie Forsyth Fleming, is undergoing the first stage of chemotherapy treatments for a rare, inoperable brain tumour.
“We just started thinking about what we could do for Josie when we heard,” said Cabella’s mother, Rebecca Jeppesen.
Jeppesen lost her mother to cancer, and has donated her hair in support of organizations making wigs for chemotherapy patients twice.
Jeppesen laughs when she recalls Cabella pondering this option, and proclaiming that she did not want to be bald like her grandfather. She is, however, excited to help her friend by donating at least eight inches of hair.
“I showed Cabella some YouTube videos about kids that need wigs when they have hair loss with chemotherapy so that she would know what she was making a decision about,” said Jeppesen.
Cabella hopes to fill a jar full of at least $250 worth of donations, and give it to Josie at the benefit planned for Josie’s family Nov. 4. The casserole luncheon and silent auction benefit will take place at the Morden Community Hall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“It’s the idea of kids helping kids,” said Jeppesen.
“We live in a very small community and everybody helps everybody out, so it’s very nice that way,” adds Cabella’s father, Scott Johnson.
The money raised at the fundraisers for Josie will help the family with medical and travel costs. Josie, the daughter of Terra Forsyth and Joel Fleming, is scheduled to spend at least 18 months received chemotherapy treatments at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
“I spoke to her Dad and she’s receiving some treatments now. He said that she has good days and bad days, but they’re doing well with her and keeping her active,” said Johnson.
The best way to donate to Cabella’s fundraiser for Josie is to send an e-mail money transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.