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Orem students crochet wigs for cancer patients

(Adam Sotelo, KSL TV)

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OREM — No way did Kayden Tobiasson ever think he'd be crocheting on a Friday night.

Usually, he’s either sleeping or shooting raccoons, he said.

But during his time at Lumen Scholar Institute, a charter school in Orem, he's learned all sorts of stuff. The wigs Kayden was crocheting on Friday night were about building confidence for others.

“It’s like any little thing can have such a big impact on someone,” he said.

The wigs will go to children with cancer all across the country. Students were hoping to make 66 wigs, but they made 88 on Friday.

Kayden’s female classmates were proud of him.

“They’re all willing to help out and it’s so nice of them,” classmate Rachel Gordon said.

Three-year-old Ember Burton is fighting cancer. Losing hair when fighting cancer is tough for kids, especially for girls, teacher Jordan Spencer said.

“I feel like a lot of girls find identity in their hair and what they look like,” she said. “And so to lose that would be a hard part of this.”

For students, crocheting the wigs is about more than just being nice. And they didn’t mind giving up their Friday night to put them together.

“It makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile and something good,” Rachel Gordon said.

Alex Cabrero


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