Hair-loween donation towards free wigs for cancer patients


Participants having their heads shaved by Cut x Dignity hair stylists to make wigs for cancer patients at the Hair-loween event at HELP University. — AZLINA BT ABDULLAH/ The Star

A HALLOWEEN-themed cancer awareness campaign organised by HELP University attracted 16 participants to donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

The event, dubbed “Hair-loween” also featured awareness talks about cancer and a Halloween costume competition at Wisma Help, Bukit Damansara.

Those who shaved their heads bald had henna drawn on their head by a henna artist.

Hair stylists from Cut x Dignity Salon were on hand to cut and shave heads.

They will turn the hair into free wigs for cancer patients

To apply for a wig, visit tiny.cc/dignitywigs or email dignity@dignityforchildren.org

The campaign was part of a month-long cancer awareness series called HELP x Cancer mooted by HELP University department of American and Canadian education head Dr Brendan Gomez.

“We want the public to know there is so much that can be done to treat cancer that is not just chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Today, we can actually go to the root cause of the cancer and treat it from a cellular and genetic level,” Dr Gomez said.

Dignity for Children teacher Maxine Choo Mun Ngah, 24, was one of five donors who shaved off all of their locks for donation.

Choo said shaving her hair has opened up conversations about cancer and inspired people to experience the nakedness of not having hair as a cancer patient.

Another donor, HELP University student Lee Wai Kit, said his own father’s cancer diagnosis played a part in his decision to donate his hair at the event.

Aside from the hair donation drive, there were also talks about cancer, its risks and how to detect the disease.

Breast cancer survivor Debbie Wang Lai Yin spoke about the importance of patients being open about their diagnosis and getting support from family and friends to overcome the different stages.

“There is life after cancer and I hope this helps people be strong throughout their treatment,” she said.

She added that university events were very important to educate the youth on the disease and on regular and self check-ups for early detection. The HELP x Cancer campaign ends Nov 27.

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