Mother With Cancer Surprised With Wig Made From Her Friends’ Hair

Tarrah Gibbons
July 28, 2020 - 2:22 pm
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Like many people across the country, Dana McSwain was working full-time and taking care of her two young daughters during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the mother-of-two told "Good Morning America" that she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.

The 36-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, shared that he had no known family history of breast cancer. She also found out that she had the BRCA2 gene mutation.

"It was a complete shock," McSwain said. "It's not just you have stage 2 cancer, it's you have stage 2 cancer with this genetic mutation that makes you susceptible to even more cancers. It's a battle for the rest of my life."

Two weeks after she received the news, McSwain started chemotherapy.

After undergoing a few treatments, McSwain started to lose her hair.

"As a woman, your hair may not define you, but it sets you apart," she said. I've always had long hair, and I started to mourn that even before it was gone."

One day during a shower, McSwain's hair started to come out in handfuls. It was at that moment that she decided to shave her head.

She soon became frustrated at the difficulty in finding a wig that made her feel like herself.

"Every wig I put on I couldn't get it off fast enough," McSwain said. "I thought, 'This is not me. This doesn't work.'"

In hopes of garnering some support, McSwain posted her frustrations on on a local Facebook moms' group.

Carol Daley Cook, a registered nurse whose daughter goes to the same school as McSwain's daughter, saw the post and immediately wanted to help.

"I got to thinking, 'I have this really long hair, like down to my waist, and my poor friend is losing her hair to cancer,'" Daley Cook told the outlet, who had the idea to make a wig for McSwain.

After putting a call out on Facebook, Daley Cook had enough donations to pay for the wig and to make it using the hair of McSwain's friends.

"Five women and one 7-year-old girl donated their hair," said Daley Cook.

A little over a week later, the wig was made and Daley Cook delivered it to McSwain.

"When I opened it, I knew immediately what it was," said McSwain. "The feeling of it had a different feeling than synthetic hair and I knew it was real hair and I knew Carol [Daley Cook] had cut her hair so I knew that’s what it was."

"Looking at that wig and seeing the different colors and how it came together and knowing that every strand is something special and from someone special in my life, it was truly amazing," McSwain added. "It was such an indescribable feeling."

McSwain, who still faces a double mastectomy and radiation treatements, said she is "living proof" that there are still people who "want to do good, even during a time that's so scary."

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