A young girl shaved off her hair in a selfless act to raise funds for the individuals who took care of her father in the last days of his life. Tallulah Lewis-Schulz from Shrewsbury, England lost her father to pancreatic cancer this year.
Andreas Schulz, her dad, found out in April that he had acquired one of the deadliest types of cancer. He succumbed to the disease in May, just three days after he married his partner of 18 years, Sarah Lewis-Schulz.
On the fundraising site, JustGiving, Tallulah shared her desire to raise funds for Severn Hospice because she said they helped her family a lot. Her mother was initially against the idea, but she eventually approved of her daughter's plan.
"We started talking about it," her mother said.
Tallulah, however, insisted she wanted to help the hospice in gratitude for the support her family received.
"I am determined to raise as much money as possible because the Severn Hospice helped and supported my family in every way possible and took such great care of my fantastic dad while he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer," Tallulah stated on her JustGiving page.
The 10-year-old girl decided to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a foundation that accepts real hair to be turned into wigs and donated to charity for free. The wigs are for children undergoing cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, in which drugs are used to kill cancer cells. The procedure can be detrimental to other healthy cells, leading to hair fall.
Many individuals were touched by the child's selfless act. Support came pouring in immediately and, to date, she has already raised more than $9,000.
"What a wonderful girl you are. As a dad myself, I can reassure you, your daddy would be so so proud of you," Robin Robards, one of the donors, said.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal yet one of the rarest types of cancers, accounting for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States and 7 percent of all cancer deaths, the American Cancer Society reports.