100 donate hair to cancer patients

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Around 100 students and teachers from Mackay Junior College of Medicine, Nursing, and Management on Saturday joined a hair donation campaign for cancer patients, getting their long hair cut to be made into wigs, Central News Agency reported. The hair donation campaign was started by the college’s military instructor, Wang Fang-hui (王芳蕙), who called for participants in a Facebook post.

“It’s beyond my expectation that so many students and teachers have responded enthusiastically to the campaign,” Wang said. One student spoke of her nervous and complicated feelings toward cutting off her long hair. “Originally, I expected my hair to be cut only a little shorter, but I feel very nice about being able to help cancer patients with the longer length of hair,” she said.

“Each hair represents our blessings for cancer patients, and we sincerely wish them a quick recovery,” another student said after donating her long hair, which had not been cut for two years. She also thanked her parents for supporting her participation in the hair donation activity. Other students didn’t ask for permission from their parents. “My parents may be shocked after seeing my short hairstyle, but I’m sure they would feel happy after learning that I had donated my hair to help cancer patients,” one student said. ‘Feel like crying’ Hair salon chain Mentor sent 13 hairstyle designers to cut participants’ hair free of charge. “I feel like crying when I see so many students demonstrate their love for cancer patients by have their long hair cut off,” said Mentor’s vice president, Chang Chun-ho.

Hu Yao-wen, a Mentor hairstylist, said she felt very thankful for the hair donation of the college’s students and teachers. “My father is also a cancer patient, and therefore I understand well the prayer for a new life on the part of patients and their family members,” Hu said.

Accepting the hair donation on behalf of cancer patients, Chang Mei-ying, chairwoman of a national cancer patients assistance association, said it typically takes two years to process the hair into wigs — the same amount of time it takes for the hair of cancer patients to grow back. When cancer patients come to receive wigs, Chang said her association staff tells them: “This is a gift from angels. The recipients usually respond positively, saying, “I will muster up my courage to survive, and I’m sure I will get well.”