There’s not much, if anything, that most sons wouldn’t do for their mother. And one recently proved just as much.

When Melanie Shaha had her third recurrence of a benign brain tumor, she was prescribed radiation therapy, which can cause hair loss.

She was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2003, after she started having headaches, Today reports. The cancer came back in 2006, which required surgery to remove it. Then in 2017, the cancer came back again, requiring radiation treatment.

Doctors told Shaha that she wouldn’t lose her hair.

“Three months later, I had a big shed and started losing my hair,” Shaha told Today Parents. “I was surprised.”

“Not having hair, you stick out like a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart,” she added. “I don’t mind being sick but I mind looking sick. I’d rather blend in and not stand out at the store.”

One day, over a family dinner, Shaha’s 27-year-old son Matt joked, “Why don’t I grow out my hair to make a wig for you?”

But after making that comment, Matt decided to turn his joke into reality.

After two years, Matt had grown 12 inches of hair. Matt then had it chopped off and sent in his hair to Compassionate Creations, which delivered the wig to Melanie in June.

According to Today, Melanie loves her wig.

“The color is spectacular and we had it cut and styled with a hairdresser,” she said. “Matt said it looks great on me.”

Regarding Matt’s gift, Melanie said, “It sure fills your emotional cup.”

“And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51b ESV).

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