Mikayla, who was in second grade at the time and became completely bald, went from worrying about what kind of snack her mom was going to pack for lunch to what the bullies were going to do to her at school.
"I was on the bus one day and there was a kid that decided to pull off my bandana and throw it to the back of the bus and I was so scared I didn't know what to do. They looked at me like I was a freak", says Mikayla.
But then, something wonderful happened.
Mikayla was introduced to the founder of Children with Hair Loss, a local nonprofit providing human hair replacements to children at no cost.
They gave Mikayla a customized wig just before her first communion.
"There was a boy there that said, 'She is just the most beautiful girl.' It really lifted my spirit and made me feel like a girl again," says Mikayla.
The wig from Children with Hair Loss had such a profound effect on Mikayla, she was able to regain her confidence and get through those tough years in school when kids are often judged by their appearance.
The 21 year-old is now the ambassador for Children with Hair Loss and helps countless other kids dealing with the devastating problem.
"I am able to speak [to], and educate, and represent all these kids that have the same things as I do or cancer", says Mikayla. She says she eventually wants to work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee so she can help kids struggling with losing their hair, full time, but she'll probably have a tough time getting the folks at Children with Hair Loss to let her go.
"She is an angel, for what she has gone through in her life, she is able to touch the lives of many, many more children and we may give them hair but she gives them hope", says CWHL Founder Regina Villemure.
You can check out the organization Children with Hair Loss online at www.childrenwithhairloss.us, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
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