Family, friends raise money for mom battling cancer to receive wig

Posted at 8:03 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 22:03:05-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- It was an emotional moment at a West Jordan hair school when a wife and mother, battling cancer, received a wig, Tuesday.

Currently going through chemotherapy, Laura Hammon was fitted for a wig at the Taylor Andrews Hair School.

"A little bit emotional, excited, grateful,” Hammon said. “I have a lot of good friends -- a lot of good friends and family.”

Hammon said her nine children raised $1,200 on their own to buy the wig. Her husband’s boss also helped make it happen.

“All the guys at work pitched in,” Hammon said.

One of the hair students, Lexi, wanted to be involved after hearing about Hammon.

Lexi suffers from Alopecia, a disease that causes hair to fall out.

“I was about 2 or 3 year old,” Lexi said. “I’ve always had most of my hair but when I was a junior in high school I lost it all."

On Tuesday, Lexi talked with Hammon about how to care for her new wig and how to wear it.

"I’m just hoping I can help her to feel comfortable and you know I’ve never had cancer or anything so I don’t know how that feels but hair is – it’s just hair," Lexi said.

Hammon's late brother also suffered from Alopecia. She said Lexi's positive attitude reminded her of him.

"...I wish he was here to get a picture with me because I don't have hair and he didn't have hair," Hammon said.