SEEING a friend and his brother lose their hair for medical reasons inspired Jack Barns (12) to grow his hair long enough to make a wig.
The Joondalup boy was inspired to help after seeing a friend with cancer lose his hair, then his younger brother lose hair from the autoimmune disease alopecia areata.
The Quinns Baptist College student parted with his 35.5cm locks on May 22 at Joondalup Health Campus’s children’s ward in front of family, friends, patients and staff.
The hair will be used to create wigs for young people with medical conditions that lead to hair loss through the Variety Club’s ‘Hair with Heart’ program.
Jack also used the head shave to raise funds towards equipment and services for children in need, tallying up more than $1200 for the cause.
“It has been a fun journey and I encourage other kids to consider it,” he said.
Head of paediatrics Professor Desiree Silva said he was “an amazing and inspirational boy”.
“Hair loss can be quite devastating for a child or adolescent’s self-esteem,” she said.
“So it is really touching to see Jack go the extra mile to help.”
Over the past two years, Jack has taken extra care of his hair with Hair Riot hairdresser Sarah Ariss providing free regular treatments.