Kendrick Kares: Mother mourning loss, turns tragedy into triumph

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Updated: 5/11/2014 6:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - It was Mother's Day weekend when Tiffany Wright lost her little princess to a rare brain cancer.

“It happened quickly,” says Wright. “She was diagnosed in April, and she passed away, obviously, today, May 11th in 2012. Never been through anything like that in our lives. We had no idea what we were doing.”

Eight-year-old Kendrick was a smart, happy young girl with beautiful waves of hair and bright blue eyes.

"She was very, very giving,” says Wright. “Always caring for somebody else before herself."

In honor of Kendrick's loving spirit, her family is pairing up with Great Clips in Reno, Sparks and Carson City to help a local child with cancer, one pony tail at a time

"They just tore up my heart strings,” says Carrie Winchell, manager at Great Clips. “It touched my heart and I wanted to help them."

Winchell says between seven locations, they're aiming to collect 30 pony tails, and $1,500. That's how much it takes to make just one wig, for one child through Wigs for Kids.

"It's quite an extent,” says Winchell. “A lot of money and a lot of hair!"

But plenty are welcoming the scissors and new-do, like Jessica Vaughn of Reno, whose daughter donated her hair at another event.

“My daughter: she's my inspiration for doing this because she was so fearless in doing it herself and cutting off her hair off,” says Vaughn. “So if she can do it, then I can do it!

And Ava Chong, also the same age as Kendrick. She says she’s not going to miss her hair very much.

“I want to help kids who have cancer and those who don't have hair,” says Chong. “So they can still feel proud of each other.”

Proud. That’s something Wright wants for her Kendrick.

"She'd definitely be proud,” says Wright, through tears. ”If she were here, she'd cut her hair and donate for somebody else."

Wright says the community support has been tremendous in helping their family heal and give back.

“It's always going to be hard,” says Wright. “But to make something positive out of a horrible tragedy is what we want to do and we want to continue that.”

Hair must be 12 inches or longer, cannot be permed, color treated or highlighted. Temporary color or highlights are acceptable. Gray hair is accepted.
If you are unable to donate hair feel free to visit participating locations to drop off monetary donations at Great Clips in Reno, Sparks, or Carson City. Donations will go directly to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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