Daughters Give Mom Battling Cancer Special Christmas Gift
by Emily Luxen
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - A mid-state family has turned some devastating news into a special gift this holiday season.
After 51-year-old Teresa Carpenter was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma right after Thanksgiving, her two daughters jumped into action.
Amanda Lipscomb and Jennifer Martin created a video showing them cutting off their hair to create a wig for their mom.
They got the idea after watching Teresa battle through rounds of chemotherapy and a hip replacement. They know her upcoming treatment will force her to lose her hair and a wig will help boost her confidence. They presented the video to Teresa as a Christmas gift.
"My sister had the idea to cut our hair," said Amanda Lipscomb. "We decided to go for it and film it. She was beside herself. She cried. It was the perfect reaction."
"It felt really good to do something in such a helpless situation," said Jennifer Martin.
While Amanda and Jennifer have collected enough hair for a wig, it costs more than $1,600 to create it. They are hoping the video will help them raise money to cover the costs.
"Whenever she wears it [the wig], she knows we love her and support her through this journey," said Lipscomb.
"The wig can be cut and styled the way she wants it," said Martin. "It looks really nice."
Teresa said the surprise gesture, and show of support means a lot.
"There has been such an outpouring of love, support and prayers from family, friends and neighbors," said Teresa Carpenter. "I couldn't be more blessed."