Mika Chen, a resident of Moshav Bet-Nechemya and an eight grader in the Nachshon Middle School, recently went for a very special haircut. Her long, flowing tresses were her pride and were about to become something she would be even more proud of.
"It's a very special feeling to give someone else such a personal piece of - yourself!" said Mika as she joyfully watched her shorn locks being transferred to a specialized container.
The hair cut was taking place at Cato Beauty Parlor in the Shoham Mall which serves as a station to collect hair from donors for Ezer Mizion to facilitate the creation of wigs for cancer patients.
"It was really important to me to cheer up these kids who are so uncomfortable, and on top of everything, are embarrassed to walk in the street because of their baldness from the treatments," explained Mika.
It seems that in Shoham, there are quite a few girls (and yes - also boys with especially long hair) who donate their hair to young cancer patients. In order to donate, you need to have hair long enough to form a braid that drops 25 cm. from the shoulder line.
In order to give the recipient a normal appearance, a wig is prepared in special styling salons, custom made for the patient - according to her precise head measurements and with hair as similar as possible to the original. A curly headed child wants curls. A red-headed girl wants red hair. Consequently, there is a demand for all types of hair.
Whoever is interested in donating is invited to do so. Following the donation, each donor will receive a certificate sent by mail to her home, along with a moving thank you note.
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