Thomasians, share hair to cancer patients
THOMASIANS envisioned a new life, not just for themselves but also for young cancer patients, as they volunteered to chopped off a few inches of their hair.
“SHAIR: Share your Hair,” held at the Dean’s Garden on October 16 and 17, is a project of the Nursing Central Board of Students (NCBS) helping children suffering from cancerby sharing their hair to produce wigs.
According to Officer-in-charge Hans Joseph Lim, the council got the idea from the Ateneo de Manila University, where NCBS Secretary Erin Morabe took part on a similar event.
“Dito kasi sa Nursing, marami din kaming naeexperience na patients na may cancer. Nainspire din po kami na makatulong sa mga cancer patients,” Lim said.
“SHAIR” garnered a total of 63 participants, who were given new haircuts by hairstylists Bhabes and Kenjie of Cosmopolitan Salon.
Jennica Mallorca, a second year Marketing Management student, said she wanted to help cancer patients who have little to no possibility of their hair growing. “Pero yung sakin tutubo naman so might as well give it to them na I have it and they don’t,” she added.
Mallorca’s aunt, who suffered from cancer, prompted her to help people suffering from the same disease. She confessed that if she had the chance before, she would have sacrificed her hair for her aunt.
“Ang saya. Masaya tapos parang bagong perspective, kasi hindi ba sabi kapag new hair, new life? ‘Tas ayun the fact na madodonate, makakatulong ka pa so mas extended yung happy feeling,” Mallorca added.
Nursing alumna Marianne Camylle Isnani, who had an appointment in the building, was convinced by a friend to participate in the said event.
“Hindi siya na put into waste and worth giving naman. Actually kaka-cut ko lang ng hair. (Pero) It’s okay, once in a lifetime lang naman to,” Isnani pointed.
All donated hair will go to the Kythe Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide support for children who suffer from chronic illnesses, and be made into wigs.
According to the latest United Nations report, about 3,500 new cases of childhood cancers will be diagnosed in the Philippines every year where in 70 percent of them will be found at late stages where cure is less possible.