News — 08 November 2017
New Prospect student cuts hair for great causes

Nine year-old Julia Wrolstad donates her hair to make wigs for Cancer patients, Wrolstad also raised $1,400 (added to another $600) from the school towards the Dryden Regional Health Centre’s CT Scan Fund. Photo by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

When Julia Wrostad was four years old she donated 12 inches of her hair to make wigs for people going through cancer treatments and those suffering from other diseases where they have lost their hair. Last week the now nine year old Julia did it again.

This time not only did she raise money for the CT Scan Fund at the hospital but she got her hair cut in front of the entire New Prospect School.

All last week at New Prospect was dedicated to raising extra money through special event days including hot dog day, hat day, and a bake sale.

“I’m giving some hair to people who don’t have hair and it makes me feel happy because they’ll finally have hair,” said Julia who raised $1400. The school raised an additional $600.

“It’s amazing; I actually got a bit emotional about it,” said Julia’s mom Beth Wrolstad. “We’ve had a lot of friend and family who have had cancer, and in the school also there’s a lot of people who have been touched by it. So just to see her so generous and courageous for being the center of attention to get a lot of hair cut off is amazing.”

Beth says her daughter will probably be donating more hair in a few years and she was happy to have family from Fort Frances come up for Julia’s big hair cut.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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