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Audreyana Lincoln, 9, displays her hair to be donated to 'Wigs For Kids' supporting childhood cancer patients Audreyana Lincoln, 9, displays her hair to be donated to 'Wigs For Kids' supporting childhood cancer patients
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Erika Lincoln said Audreyana is donating her hair in honor of Tammy Sturdevant, a family friend who recently lost her battle to cancer Erika Lincoln said Audreyana is donating her hair in honor of Tammy Sturdevant, a family friend who recently lost her battle to cancer
Audreyana Lincoln, 9, before and after (right) cutting her hair to donate to childhood cancer patients through 'Wigs For Kids' Audreyana Lincoln, 9, before and after (right) cutting her hair to donate to childhood cancer patients through 'Wigs For Kids'

Erika Lincoln said both of her family cars were robbed over the weekend while they were parked in the driveway of her West End home. 

"I went to take our little guy to the store to go get shoes, and I found everything tossed everywhere in the car," Lincoln said, "at that point I panicked and started looking and everything was gone."

That's when the Billings woman took to social media, and pled for the return of one specific item belonging to her 9-year-old daughter, Audreyana. 

"I was upset about my wallet," Lincoln said, "and then I realized... her hair!"

Lincoln said Audreyana spent two-and-a-half years growing out her hair to donate to 'Wigs For Kids' supporting childhood cancer patients. 

"It's just not fair that the kids all are ashamed because they have no hair," Audreyana said. 

Lincoln said Brianna Murphy at Tres Chic Hair Salon cut her daughter's hair for free since it was to be donated to Wigs For Kids in honor of Tammy Sturdevant, a family friend who recently lost her battle to the disease. 

"She was an amazing, amazing woman," Lincoln said of Sturdevant, "to her last breath. She died young."

Lincoln said her daughter's hair was inside a plastic bag in her purse when the robbery occurred and her daughter was devastated to learn Sunday her donation was also missing.

"She started bawling," Lincoln said.

One day after the robbery, the Lincolns spotted a familiar site: a bag of hair, abandoned down the road from their house. 

"That was super exciting," Lincoln said, "she sprang out of the car about a million miles an hour and shouted 'mommy, I found it!' God is good."

The plastic bag is a small portion of items stolen from the Lincoln's cars, but while it's not everything, it's the world to Audreyana, who then sent her hair in the mail Monday to 'Wigs For Kids.'

"I get to donate in the mail so that kids would have hair that are bald," Audreyana said, "so that they could not be ashamed anymore."

Lincoln said anyone also wanting to donate hair to childhood cancer patients is offered a free cut from Murphy at Tres Chic Hair Salon. 

Both Lincoln and her daughter said they hope more people provide more hair for cancer patients, and do so in honor of Tammy Sturdevant.

"We try to live our lives for Christ," Lincoln said, "and Tammy did too, even until the very end."

More on donating through Wigs For Kids can be found at http://www.wigsforkids.org/

In Billings, the American Cancer Society also accepts hair donations. ACS Health Systems Manager Chere Allan said their center works with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to turn hair donations into wigs for cancer patients. 

The general guideline for donating hair through ACS is that the hair:

  • must be 8 inches or more
  • must not have been dyed
  • must be no more than 5% gray

Allan encourages people to find more at the ACS information line 1-800-227-2345 or at http://cancer.org

Allan praised Audreyana Lincoln's efforts Monday.

"Anyone that has that thought process followed by an action such as hers is quite breathtaking," Allan said, "and it's something that I believe our community would appreciate as well."

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