All she wanted was a “magic wig.”
“For my grandmother,” Jorlis Garcia said. “I call her Mama.”
Cancer treatment stripped Ramona Rosario’s hair but 9-year-old Jorlis had a plan, and plenty of hair.
Leah Metts saw the Street Story in February, and knew right away she wanted to help grant the wish for the magic wig.
“I did not know her,” Metts said. “But I felt a connection.”
Jorlis loved her long hair, but it hardly compared to her love for Mama.
“It will make her happy,” Garcia said. “And when she’s happy, I’m happy.”
Metts watched, and cried, as she heard a telephone conversation between Garcia and her grandmother.
“I’m proud of you,” her grandmother said, with a slight crackle in her voice.
“She says she’s proud of me,” Garcia repeated with a big smile.
“I cried of course,” Metts recalled. “And then at the end when you said she hasn’t found anyone to make a wig, I said hold on. I’m a wig maker.”
Keep in mind, it can take weeks to make a wig from scratch but for Metts, it doesn’t feel like work.
“It feels like love,” she said. “It felt like love.”
Jorlis’s love for ‘Mama’ brought back memories of someone Metts loved, who also battled cancer.
“It reminded me of me and my grammy,” Metts said. “Gramama we called her. She’s no longer with us, but she battled breast cancer earlier in life.”
Her quest to help Jorlis required some help from others as well. There wasn’t enough of Jorlis’s hair for a complete wig, but Luxury Hair Glam donated matching tufts.
Metts’s company Elite Makeovers normally uses hair that is already sewed together to make weaves and wigs, but the 9-year-old’s hair was loose, so Metts needed a sewing machine.
The Providence-based security company CCRS came forward and donated that.
As Metts spends hours piecing the locks together for Mama through the buzz of the churning spindle, she hears Jorlis’s wise-beyond-fourth-grade reason for needing the magic wig.
“I wanted to it to be specially made for her,” Jorlis said. “Everything that she gives me, I cherish. And I want to give her something that she can cherish.”
Those words resonate with Metts.
“I felt their spirit and their heart. It just felt really warm. And I was really happy to be doing this,” Metts said. “It just fills my heart with love. It feels like love and I would do it again.”
Metts’ now plans doing it again by making a few wigs a year for cancer patients.
“It’s just something I want to do.”