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Local high school students helping out cancer patients

High school senior projects might usually consist of a bake sale or clothing drive. But Brittney Hudson of Hoggard High has different plans; she decided to make wigs for cancer patients. Nineteen students from high schools throughout Wilmington are dual-enrolled in Cape Fear Community College's cosmetology program. Tuesday they joined Hudson to support a good cause and have the chance to put their skills to the test. Hudson has a special reason for choosing the wig project. Her mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost all her hair. Hudson hopes these wigs will help cancer patients, like her mom, have confidence as they go through treatment. "I noticed that when my mom had her wig, she felt more secure, cause you don't necessarily have people staring at you as much, saying ‘oh, she probably has cancer’. You know she doesn't have any hair, so hopefully it will boost self esteem," said Hudson. With a snip, some glue, a wig cap, and a couple hours of meticulous work, students created a wig masterpiece. The wigs are made with either synthetic or human hair and all will be donated to the Zimmer Cancer Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Hudson and her classmates welcome Zimmer cancer patients to request wigs after the project is completed. They will ask patients to cover the cost for supplies and all say they will be happy to work their magic.

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