Sunday, September 23, 2018

The unspeakable joy of cancer patients

ONE can see the unspeakable joy felt by the 15 cancer patients of Kadughan Breast Cancer Foundation and Oncology Department of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLRMMH) when the "Hair for Hope" project was held in Bacolod City.

Each was given their secondary quality hair or wig.

The first provincial “Hair for Hope” project supported by some business firms and Rotary Club of Bacolod-East was able to reach the hearts of the cancer patients as they received their wig Friday, July 6, held at the main atrium of Robinsons Place Bacolod City.

Cita Nonato, a breast cancer survivor who serves as the president of the Kadughan Support group, brought several cancer patients to the event showing traces of hair loss due to chemotherapy.

London-trained hairstylist Ziggy Hermosura and Pam Pedrocho of "Hair for Hope" helped put the secondary hair to each cancer patient.

Several cancer patients who still have their thin hair left on their head were shaved off in order for the secondary hair to be properly positioned on their head.

There was a bit of uneasiness on the part of the cancer patients but when they saw how they look in the mirror after the wig was put on, they smiled.

Others have teary eyes. They could not imagine the joy of having a secondary hair that really looks so natural and they felt better and confident having a new hair.

Close to 200 hair donors from children, teenagers, adults donated their hairs.

Some donors have two to three cuts with 9 inches per cut by having very long hairs.

Even children saw the need to donate their hair when they saw cancer patients wearing hats.

Other donors, who were mostly students who came in a group, said they were happy to donate to make the cancer patients happy and feel their love and concern.

One donor said, "I hope they will get beautiful again with my hair."

One male donor said he lost his mom to cancer 10 years ago and he knows how hard it is.

The beneficiaries were very thankful to the organizers of the "Hair for Hope" project.