For young girls battling cancer, losing their hair can make the process even more difficult. A local mother-daughter team is helping girls with cancer not only look pretty, but feel more confident, one bow at a time.
Monday morning there was a special delivery of more than 200 hand made bows at the Oncology Clinic at Cook Children's Hospital. Molly Weems, 17, and her mother, Tisha, dropped off the bows for girls in the clinic who are fighting cancer.
"Being in the clinic is not fun, so when you have something like that to look forward to it makes things a bit easier," Molly said.
Molly knows the clinic well. Two years ago she was diagnosed with lymphoma and lost her hair while undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy. Through her treatment, she found confidence in the smallest, simplest accessory, hair bows.
"It means a lot to give back to people because it made a big difference for me," Molly said. "Because I use to get compliments at school, 'Oh I love that new bow.' And it was just a really cool thing to get to give to them."
Family and friends helped put together bows and headbands at bow making parties, dubbed Bow Dazzling. The goal of the gatherings is to have fun and give back.
"We're putting our time and our love into these to give to these kids," Tisha Weems said.
And, in a few months, when they come back with their next delivery, all of the bows will be gone.
"It's really cool to see that they took them all, because girls will come back and ask if bows are there. They love getting them," Molly Weems said.
And they love the Weems family and friends for making the bow and giving them a chance to smile.
The mother-daughter team is now taking their effort online to help get fabric donations, as well as volunteers, with hopes of expanding the bow deliveries to other area hospitals.