Child Of Nuin











{May 13, 2013}   Hair for Cancer

I’ve been thinking for a while about just cutting off all of my hair. Rolling over of a night and almost suffocating on hair is not something I enjoy, but it’s been happening an awful lot lately. But I was debating with myself for months as to whether I would start missing my long hair, how nice my curls were when freshly washed, all the things that made me doubt whether or not it would ever happen.

And then someone asked me a question that changed my mind completely.

“Why don’t you send it to charity?”

After a lot of research on different charities based in Australia and all over the world, I finally found two organizations that would accept non-virgin hair. A lot of organizations wont take hair that has been previously dyed because the hair has to be dyed a uniform color when the wig is being manufactured. Pre-dyed hair doesn’t hold the dye as well, so they wont accept it. Unfortunately all the Australian organizations fall under that kind of category, so I eventually had to decide between Locks of Love and Zichron Menachem.

A lot of websites that I looked at were rather anti-Locks of Love for multiple reasons, and after a while I decided to send my hair to ZM. Mostly I did it because Locks of Love don’t give their wigs to children with cancer unless they are going to go through long term chemotherapy treatment, and the applications for the wigs were ridiculously complex.

For a little back-story for the reason I wanted so much to send my hair off the somewhere that looks after kids with cancer. About 5 years ago my father passed away of Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of Leukemia. I tried doing Relay For Life, and I’ve never had the guts to do Shave For A Cure. I give what I can to the various organizations that deal with cancer, but being a university student I don’t really have a lot of extra money to spread around. So this is really one of the only things that I could do for those suffering.

So, I booked in and, low and behold, all of my hair came off

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And God do I feel like a champion. It was more than a little amazing for feel so light and so different. And shoving all that hair into a post box, knowing that it was going to someone who needs it, was just the <strong>best</strong> feeling ever. I’m so glad that I did it. I love it and I feel in my very soul that my father would be proud of me.

So here I am, about three weeks later, feeling on top of the world every time I look in the mirror. I would encourage anyone thinking about doing something for cancer, or for any charity that you feel strongly for to just do it. Don’t think about it too much. Just go and do it. You’ll feel so much better for it.
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