Stranger cuts hair to help sick child
Eight months ago, a 3-year-old girl in Royse City underwent emergency surgery after doctors discovered a tumor pressing on her spine.
She’s been battling cancer ever since, but now she's getting a show of support from a neighbor.
That little girl, Raeleigh Hogue, especially likes Frozen’s Elsa and her long blond braided locks. There’s only one problem -- the evil cancer.
Raeleigh got an MRI after complaining of pain in her leg. The MRI revealed a two to three-inch mass pressing against her spine.
Doctors performed emergency surgery in January. They gave her a 25 percent chance to survive.
Raeleigh beat the odds, but lost her hair.
However, along the way, the 3-year-old gained what her family calls a blessing.
After meeting Raeleigh less than a week ago, her neighbor, Christina Martin, cut off 15 inches of her hair to donate for a wig for Raeleigh.
Martin says what's been her identity was a better fit for Raeleigh.
"I just feel like this is what I’m supposed to do,” said Martin. “I can’t really explain it. I wake up thinking about Raeleigh, I go to sleep thinking about Raeleigh. It all happened so fast but it feels so right."
“She told me and I was speechless,” said Brittnee Hogue, Raeleigh’s mom.
Turning the hair into a quality wig for Raeleigh will cost about $1,800. Martin raised enough money for the wig after this story aired on FOX 4 on Wednesday night.
“Just to be able to see her smile and give her that confidence back would mean the world to me,” said Martin.
To donate to Raeleigh's medical expenses, visit http://www.gofundme.com/yj239skg