Young girls donate hair for cancer victim

An Opelousas salon is hosting a free hair cutting event to support a two-year-old cancer victim. Farrah Courville is undergoing round six of chemotherapy at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

One local girl said she can’t rid Farrah of cancer, but she can rid herself of her hair. Eight-year-old Cadence Prudhomme and her two best friends are cutting their long locks and donating them to Wigs for Kigs, so that Farrah can “feel like a princess again.”

Cadence first got a glimpse of what cancer does to kids her own age at the 2013 Gumbo cook-off, where she spotted good friend Miya Norse. The young girl died later in 2013, but not before she inspired Cadence to grow, then cut her hair for charity. “Cadance saw Miya and it really hit home and she realized that these little girls with cancer do lose their hair,” said mom and event organizer Breanna Prudhomme.

Untreated hair, at least 12 inches long, will be collected during a Cut-A-Thon at Salon by Lauren in Opelousas. While some young girls have already signed up for the free hair-cut, Breanna said much more is needed.

“We need twenty to twenty-five ponytails for the wig and we need $1,800 dollars to process that,” Breanna explained. Donations will also be collected throughout the day and through an account that has been set up for Farrah Courville at Teche Federal Bank in Opelousas.When asked what Cadence could say to Farrah if she could, she replied, “I’m ready to cut my hair for you Farrah.”The Cut-a-thon will take place from 9am to 2pm at 1203 South Union St. in Opelousas. Appointments or walk-ins are both accepted. 337-948-7070

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