BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A group of teenagers in Buffalo made a big donation on Tuesday.
“It’s just hair, it’ll grow back,” said Mia Trietley, who donated her hair to the non-profit Children With Hair Loss.
Trietley and four other girls decided to cut their hair to be made into wigs for sick children.
“Why not do something out of the ordinary,” said friend Eva Sidaris.
Emma Hollander told News 4 she wasn’t going to miss the opportunity.
“Hands down I was going to do it because I was fortunate to have long hair and I wanted to help those less fortunate,” said Hollander.
The five friends have been through thick and thin together. Their selfless donation was inspired by 15-year-old Lucy Rowland, the glue of the group of girls who have been friends since elementary school.
“It definitely doesn’t feel like we’re friends anymore, it feels like we’re sisters,” said Trietley.
Lucy found out in October she had stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which had metastasized to her lungs.
“She was so strong it amazed me, she was always smiling and giggling,” said Trietley.
Trietley told News 4 they knew they had to do something to help Lucy.
“You don’t just back out on someone just because something difficult is in your way, you should always be there for them,” she said.
They stayed in and watched Netflix together and visited Lucy in the hospital.
“They’ve been with her all along,” said Sarah Rowland, Lucy’s mother. “They come to the house, they keep her company, they distract her, they come to the hospital, bring her french fries.”
The girls wanted to do more so they made a pact to donate eight to ten inches of their hair. The decision came just months after Lucy donated 12 inches.
“It was very long and she said she knew her hair was going to fall out so she decided to do that before it fell out,” said Sarah Rowland. “She did cut it all off and it was emotional.”
Lucy has undergone five rounds of chemotherapy and she’s now in remission.
“Really it was miraculous how well she responded to the treatment,” said Sarah Rowland.
The friends are now celebrating Lucy’s recovery and their new hairstyles. Meanwhile, the more than 40 inches of hair they’ve decided to give is on its way to help other children.
“It’s cool to know that your hair can go and do something good and give someone confidence when they don’t have hair,” said Sidaris.
Trietley said, “It’s really brought us closer together.”
Lucy is in remission but she still has to undergo radiation. The girls are selling “I Love Lucy” bracelets at Elmwood Village businesses to help Lucy’s family pay for treatment.
You can find the bracelets at Parkway Hair Cutting, Second Chic, ShoeFly and Elmwood Pet Supplies. For more information e-mail Ilovelucymoon@gmail.com.
They’ve also set up a page for donations, click here.