Ladysmith boy, 9, says teasing was worth it to grow hair for sick kids
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:33PM PDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:24PM PDT
A nine-year-old boy is coming to the end of a two-year journey after growing his hair to donate to sick kids who’ve lost their own.
Carter Puska plans to donate 14 inches of his golden locks to Wigs for Kids BC, a program that provides wigs for seriously ill kids at B.C. Children’s Hospital.
“We weren’t sure how far he’d get, maybe eventually cut it, but he’s stuck to it,” the boy’s dad, Ted Puska, said.
The Ladysmith boy has endured teasing throughout his journey, but he says it’s all been worth it.
“They would just call me a girl and I’d shake it off because it’s my choice and I want to do it,” Carter said.
The boy’s coach says it’s helped him become a leader.
“He’s not a follower, he’s letting the guys know that you know, follow me guys. I think this is the right move, this is the right play.” Cleve Shillingford said.
Carter has also raised more than $3,000 for the wigs program since April 1.
He says the person who donates the most amount of money will get to cut his mane of hair at his 10th birthday in two weeks.
Wigs for Kids BC raises money year-round to provide free custom-fitted human hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to a serious illness. It also helps cover the costs of necessary medications and feeding supplies for children not covered by MSP.
With files from CTV Vancouver Island's Jessica Lepp