Yoes donates late wife’s hair to make wigs for children
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 7:13 pm
When Ronny Yoes of Union City was going though his late wife’s items recently, he found two braids of hair.
The late Sherry Yoes, who lost her battle with cancer on June 23, had long hair as a child and at the age of 9 had her hair cut.
Yoes said each braid was about two feet long and he wanted to give them to an organization which helped children who lose their hair to disease.
Sherry Yoes had spent her adult life giving to the children of Obion County as a teacher — seven years at the former Hornbeak Elementary, 22 years at the former Troy Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary and three years at Lake Road Elementary — and he wanted her to have one last gift.
Not knowing if the hair was still viable to give as a donation for wigs, he sought the help of Mrs. Yoes’ long-time hair stylist, Teresa Calhoun.
“My three children had Ms. Sherry as their teacher and that’s where I was introduced to her and became her beautician and friend. She was one of the most loving and giving people I ever knew,” Mrs. Calhoun said.
On what would have been her 61st birthday, July 16, Yoes called Mrs. Calhoun with what would be Mrs. Yoes’ “last glorious gift.”
Mrs. Calhoun contacted “Wigs for Kids” — an organization which takes donations of human hair and makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and/or medication.
“Ms. Sherry knew what it was like to lose all of your hair, so she would have wanted to help these children with the gift of hair for the making of some wigs,” Mrs. Calhoun said.
Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1980, was founded by Certified Cosmetic Therapist™ Jeffrey Paul.
“Children shouldn’t have to worry about how they look, especially when they’re in the middle of a health crisis,” said Paul.
“We want to give these kids the opportunity to feel good about themselves again,” he said.
According to the Wigs for Kids Web site (www.wigsforkids.org), the value of each individually-designed hair system is $1,500. “These are custom-made hair replacements,” said Paul. “Each prosthesis is hand-tied and is made completely from human hair. We make sure they look just like a child’s own hair.
“They won’t come off on the baseball field or in the playground,” he added. “Kids can count on them. And because kids look just the way they did before, they feel better about themselves. They look in the mirror and their eyes light up. To see that light in their eyes — that’s priceless.”
Published in The Messenger 9.10.08