Christmas is for spreading smiles and much awaited joy. To make these cancer survivor children happy, two volunteers from Access Life Assistance Foundation shaved-off their heads as a gesture to help other children feel that they aren’t alone.
“We were equally surprised and glad to see our care-takers do this for our children. The smiles of these children on knowing they are not alone, is priceless,” said Ankeet Dave, Director of Access Life Assistance Foundation.
However, it all started with this 13-year-old from the centre, who would cry about her excessive hair fall. “These kids are a part of my life. When she would keep crying about her hair loss, her doctors insisted that she should go bald. When I explained to her that it was okay, she couldn’t stop her tears thinking it was a very big loss. To console her, I decided to go bald myself,” said Janet Briganza, caretaker at the centre.
Sandeep Yadav, another volunteer from the centre also shaved his head. “I have noticed that typically in girls, as they turn around the age of 13 to 14 years, hair-loss becomes a major demotivating factor for them. Consoling them becomes a herculean task. So we thought going bald would help them shave their heads for a reason.”
- On February 15, the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) a statistics of childhood cancer was released. To mark the International Childhood Cancer Day, the data said that five per cent of patients suffering from various cancers are below the age of 18 years.
- In India, every year, there are 45,000 new cases of cancer patients who are under 18.