For most of us, cancer has affected the lives of someone we care about, but it’s no longer a disease prone to adults. Alarmingly, today we are seeing a growing trend in childhood cancers. At our MANN+HUMMEL Venezuela location, we are working to do our part to help those suffering from childhood cancers.
Two of our young Engineers, Mailliw Mogollon and Nataly Castillo decided to donate their hair in order to help “small princesses” who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. For cancer patients, losing each strand of hair is a reminder of the intense treatment they are undergoing and that a battle for life is being fought. Cancer patients frequently suffer depression, diminishing their courage and hindering their recovery.
Mailliw Mogollon says that she had read an article on how losing their hair affected girls’ self-esteem and decided to give a “grain of hope.” She reached out to the “Children with Cancer Foundation” and knew that this small action would give a great joy to a little person. She had to wait for her hair to grow over 20 cms. (8 inches), which was the minimum length for donation. She then braided it, cut it and packed it very carefully and lovingly, and delivered it to foundation. A wig requires 5 kgs. (11 lbs.) of hair, which is why it is so important that more people take this initiative.
To fight Cancer is not an easy task, but to lessen the pain and improve a child’s mood is the utmost satisfying experience. Mailliw reminds us “Dare to donate your hair and give your grain of hope. Remember your hair will grow back…”
Nataly Castillo was always very proud of her very long hair and felt great wearing it long until breast cancer touched a very close relative. Losing her aunt in less than 5 years pulled the trigger in Nataly’s life. She became more aware on the reality of our existence and decided she had to help others in this very difficult battle of fighting cancer. “For some time I wondered how I could help and contacted Cancer Foundation FUNCAMAMA (Breast Cancer Foundation),” says Nataly. “I became aware of the effect we can have on another person and on how important it is to help others.”
Nataly very carefully braided her hair, cut 34 cms (13 inches) and donated it. Today, she wears her hair short and is very proud of her great donation. She feels fantastic as she was able to help others. Nataly encourages all good actions: “Faith and hope must never die. If cutting my hair helps these Warriors, I would very gladly do it again.”