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January 28, 2018

Hair to help cancer patients


January 28, 2018

LAHORE : A group of concerned citizens have taken up a unique humanitarian cause to help cancer patients, going bald in the course of their treatment, to get back their natural hair by sacrificing their own locks.

Fulfilling the unrealized dream of cancer patients losing their hair to their malaise, a group of persons led by Jannat-ul-Firdous Trust’s (JUF) Director Saima Mohsin along with 11 females and one male donor donated their 12 inches of hair to help female cancer patients in getting their natural hair back.

“My sister lost her life to cancer last year and I can feel the pain of female cancer patients. We donate money on many occasions but donating our body part makes us believe in humanity and good cause. The hair will grow back but your donation can give a smile on the face of a cancer patient, which is priceless,” Saima Mohsin translated her emotions into words.

“Hair loss as a result of cancer treatment can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem and emotionally distressing. Many female patients report feeling insecure about their appearance during this time and isolate themselves from others as a result of natural outcome during the treatment of the disease. We help them get confidence in themselves by providing wigs free of cost," said Sidra Kanwal, president of the Hair to Help Pakistan Youth Forum.

She said that in the market, a normal wig could cost anywhere from Rs15,000 to Rs20,000. "The organisation collects hair and receives donations that are later used for the production of wigs, which are provided to cancer patients.

Due to chemotherapy their skin cannot tolerate any kind of rash from artificial wigs. Agha Noor is the basic donor for the cause and we also fulfill the demands of Shaukat Khanum and Agha Khan Hospitals," she added.

Hairstylist Mehar said, "I feel privileged in doing the work. I cut 12 inches of hair for cancer patients and then give a total makeover to the donor free of cost so she also feels good in flaunting her deed. Many girls just grow their hairs for the cause and every year donates their lengths. It is very encouraging and motivated to see male also coming forward to help us in the noble cause."

Sheikh Waqas, a long-hair male donor, said, "We should feel the pain of a cancer patient. They fight within themselves and then also with society due to their appearance. Anyone who can help them to get any happiness should come forward."

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