8-year-old's plea for new wig for school answered by community

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The 8-year-old girl who took to Facebook, asking for a new wig for school was fitted for a new wig Wednesday night.

Since Jimena Diaz-Vazquez’s story aired Monday night on Action 2 News at 10, we’ve received so many phone calls and emails from community members asking how they can help and it’s because of the kindness and compassion in this community that she is well on her way to getting a new wig.

On Wednesday, Jimena stopped by Voga Wigs in Green Bay to be fitted for a new wig.

“We are going to donate a wig,” said Lynn Drafz, office manager at Voga Wigs. “Once we get it, we will have her come in and get a final fitting and get it cut to the style that she is looking for.”

After losing all of her hair at 5-years-old, Jimena was diagnosed with a hair-loss condition called Alopecia.

“Due to the alopecia she currently suffers from, she is going to need wigs for the rest of her life,” said Drafz.

With the start of the school year, instead of asking for a new back pack or lunch box, Jimena asked for a new wig via Facebook.

Thanks to the outpouring of financial support from our Action 2 News viewers and Voga Wigs, Jimena will be getting a custom-fit wig.

“I want to say thank you to all the people who are donating money so I could get a wig,” said Jimena.

“We have had a lot of kids and it’s tough for them,” said Keith Zimmerman, owner of Voga Wigs. “A lot of money for the families and we just wanted to reach out and help her.”

Others have decided to cut their hair and donate it to Jimena, but because she is getting a wig donated to her by Voga Wigs, she has decided to pay it forward.

“I am going to donate it to another kid,” said Jimena.

While Jimena waits for her new wig to be made, she has another option thanks to a woman in Neenah who dropped off a wig at the station for her.

“I thought maybe you would like it because it’s the same color you have,” said Jodi Geiger. “You don’t need a wig because you are beautiful without it, but you can have this and see if you like it,”

“Thank you very much for giving me this wig,” said Jimena. “I really like it.”

Jimena’s family is still in the process of setting up a donation site through a bank, but as soon as Action 2 News has the details we will share it with anyone who would still like to donate money.

The money donated will go toward taking care of Jimena’s wigs and for future wigs as she continues to grow.

If you or someone you know has the same condition as Jimena or another condition that causes hair loss, you can find help at ‘Wigs for Kids’ or ‘Children With Hair Loss’ online.

If you would like to help Jimena, her family has set up a donation fund at Wells Fargo Bank. The account is called simply "Jimena Diaz," and donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch. The money will be used for future wigs and wig maintenance.



 
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