BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Danielle Wilson is a professional hairstylist offering haircuts and styling to patients at Children’s of Alabama through the Children’s Harbor Family Center. She’s there twice a week to help those who are unable to leave the hospital.
We caught up with her as she was working with fourteen year old Trent Johnson who is dealing with leukemia. He has lost much of his hair but the shampoo and head massage are a welcome stress reliever.
Danielle is aware of the pain and sensitivity of young patients dealing with chemo, surgical scars and injuries. She says her job is a calling. “I’ve always wanted to help people. I wanted to go to school to be a nurse, but it wasn’t for me. So, I decided I was going to do something to make people feel good and I feel like it’s a calling on my life to be able to make people feel good and to have confidence because I struggled with confidence when I was young. To be able to make people feel good is something I always wanted to do.”
Sometimes clients are not able to come to the salon in Children’s Harbor so Danielle will make a house call to their hospital room. She brought her clippers to the room of 15 year old transplant patient Colby Thornbury. His smile shows that a good haircut makes a big difference.
“When I go and I do these patients' hair and I look in the mirror at the light in their eyes, I’m like, I did that.” Danielle’s eyes are brimming with tears as she adds, "It’s very rewarding; it touches my heart just being able to see a smile on a child’s face.
Danielle also gives haircuts to parents and siblings who are spending long hours in the hospital. In every case she says it’s a pleasure to make their lives a little easier during difficult times.
We salute Danielle Wilson for “Doing Good” at Children’s Harbor.