Each morning, 11-year-old Isabella Pieri gets ready on her own.
Her father leaves for work early, and her mother died after years of battling a rare illness.
Over the years, Isabella’s father has taught her to take care of herself, but there is one area that’s difficult for most dads: hair.
“I originally just gave her a crew cut because I didn’t know how, and it was all tangled and I couldn’t get it out for anything,” Philip Pieri told NBC affiliate KSL.
After the crew cut, Isabella took matters into her own hands — putting her hair up in a ponytail. But one day she saw her bus driver, Tracy Dean, fixing another girl’s hair. Isabella asked if she could have her hair braided, too.
Now, it’s a morning routine for Tracy and Isabella, and a few other girls.
“Seven years ago, I found out I had breast cancer, and that’s one of the things that went though my head — who is going to take care of my little ones?” Tracy said. “Not that my husband couldn’t do it, but you know, that’s what mom’s do. They do their kids’ hair.”
Tracy beat breast cancer, and now is making sure no girl she knows feels left out.
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