We’re so proud to introduce you to Ramona, a new member of the Wigs For Kids family.
Our sweet friend, Ramona, is currently in the measurement stage of receiving a hand tied Wigs For Kids hairpiece. At just eight years old, she has been experiencing hair loss off and on from medical treatments since 2015 due to a recurring brain tumor. Despite the health obstacles, she is a warrior, full of energy and plans for the future.
Ramona starts her mornings ready to conquer her days, which typically include drawing, reading, building with Legos, writing letters to family, and even inventing an automatic hot chocolate machine that “doesn’t make it too hot.” When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Ramona has said “I want to do ALL the jobs!” and has shown interest in being a fashion designer, baker, and editor.
At only four years old, Ramona underwent 33 rounds of proton radiation treatment following a complete resection of a lemon-sized ependymoma (a stage three, cancerous brain tumor). She lost most of her hair on the top and lef
t side of her head, and only a small amount grew back. Although she loved being read books about kids going through chemo and radiation, most did not confront the hard emotions that go with it. Ramona worried about “looking like a boy” when her hair was cut short but was determined to not be embarrassed about her “spot.”
In 2018, Ramona’s brain tumor came back, and she underwent surgery and proton radiation treatment again, which resulted in more hair loss. She decided she wanted to grow her hair out to style it in pigtails and started asking about a hair system. Ramona wears cute headbands and hats but gets tired of feeling like her differences are on full display, all too often answering questions from peers and adults that are rarely sensitive. Sometimes we focus so much on the “fight” with cancer that we forget that being a kid is what is often really important to emphasize.
Cancer changes everything and leaves all kinds of marks—from the neurological differences to physical differences, from time away from school to restrictions on activities and even places patients can go. Ramona’s family is dedicated to doing everything they can to support her and shared how grateful they are for her medical team, therapists, and others who help her reach her goals, like having a full head of hair. Ultimately, more than anything, Ramona wants to “look normal.” Wigs For Kids is elated to provide such a special girl with the hairpiece of her dreams.