She: the bald, the bold, the beautiful

As the world celebrates a special day on women empowerment and gender equality, a group of 52 ladies from Mumbai, donate their hair for cancer patients, in association with celebrity hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani

Orion, one of the hair donor

“Last night I held my hair and cried since I doubt I’ll be able to grow it again to this length. But the cause felt so right to me that I wanted give all I could for the women who need it,” said 45 years old Orion who, along with a group of 52 women from various walks of life donated their hair on the occasion of International Women’s Day for the cause of making wigs for cancer patients. The gathering was hosted by Mumbai based Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in association with celebrity hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani who is also an advocate of hair donation for noble cause. She was seen giving these donors a new look. Talking about the program she said, “Woman’s Day is not just about women, it’s about the community coming together to celebrate gender equality. Like every day should be. So proud of this initiative by Jaslok Hospital and I hope for many more”

Sneha, one of the young donor clicking picture with hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani
Sneha, one of the young donor clicking picture with hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani

While Orion felt content and emotional at the same time by donating her long hair, one of the young donors, Sneha Shetty (21) was very excited about this initiative as it was her dream to donate her hair for a novel cause. Sharing her enthusiasm, she said, “I wanted to donate my hair since long ago but I was underage at the time. I am very glad that I was able to donate my hair now. I hope the woman who receives my hair can smile freely and be her beautiful self again.”

The donated hair was handed over to Cope with Cancer, an NGO that assists with providing cancer patients with their ordeal. The donated hair will be used to make wigs that will be given free of cost to patients who are undergoing chemo therapy while fighting cancer. Emphasising on the root cause of the initiative, Dr. Anand Parihar, Managing Trustee at Cope with Cancer, NGO said, “There is a lot of stigma that cancer patient’s face on losing their hair. It adds a lot of stress to them when they in fact need more positivity and optimism to get better.” So, the idea was not only a way to celebrate women empowerment and the joy of giving, but also a deeper philosophy- “The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation.”



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