It is often said that humanity trumps all religions of the world. Caring, feeling and sharing, these emotions drive us towards a better life, full of prosperity for us and others. These were the exact same emotions one girl from Karachi felt towards patients of cancer, especially the ones who have lost all their hair due to the painful procedure of chemotherapy.
Meet Aymen Sami, an MBBS student of Karachi Medical and Dental College, whose noble gesture recently went viral on social media. Aymen donated 21 inches of her healthy hair to arrange wigs for cancer patients, as she felt it was something that she had to do.
This is what Aymen had to say about her hair donation
It all started the day I saw a video of a little girl who survived cancer but had lost her hair after chemotherapy. That was very heart-wrenching. No one really chooses to have cancer. I pictured myself without hair and tried imagining the agony and suffering of that girl and her family. We know that our appearance impacts our personality, our self-esteem. Hair is strongly connected to that self-esteem, especially for a girl.
And being a girl I know what my hair means to me. Hair loss through chemotherapy doesn’t only affect the child’s health but could affect him/her psychologically and restrain him/her from experiencing life the way a child should. There are so many children who survived cancer but committed suicide because of the after effects of chemotherapy, feeling isolated and different from other children. The financial conditions of some families of cancer survivors do not even allow them to buy the medicines, let alone the wigs.
So, I made the decision to cut my hair short and donate it for those brave cancer patients. I decided to give my hair as a gift to them. I don’t know for whom my hair would be used for but I already felt connected to that person, a strange beautiful connection of humanity. ALHAMDOLILLAH, I was blessed with long beautiful hair, and I am even more grateful that I was able to share that blessing. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t easy for me to cut off my beloved long hair, but I knew I can grow them back.
Alhamdulilah, I was successful in convincing my parents too.
I’ve heard it takes 6 to 10 ponytails to prepare one wig. I donated 21 inches of my hair, so they can be used twice I guess. I could’ve donated money, but I think with my hair I’m giving them my moral support, hope, and strength. Unfortunately, when you decide to do something like this, there are always people who discourage you, but one needs to stay firm in what they believe in. Don’t let people decide for you. Remember that if it’s for the sake of humanity, The Almighty is definitely on your side.
If you too, want to donate your hair to help cancer patients, log onto www.hairtohelppakistan.com and get started. Remember, humanity is the best of all religions.