The real-life superheroes are the individuals who are battling cancer on a daily basis, both mentally and physically. Cancer does not discriminate against age, and more than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment each year. The only concern a child should have is how to wake up early enough on a Saturday morning to watch their favorite cartoons, or how stay up 30 minutes passed their bedtime. One of the unfortunate side effects of cancer treatment and other medical conditions like Alopecia is aggressive hair loss, and the waitlist to get a wig can be extensive. The intention behind this video is to raise awareness on this topic, and hopefully by doing so it will lead to an increase in hair donations to help more children in need.
For those of you out there who want to make a difference but don’t know how to do so, you can first start by raising awareness and talking about the topic at hand. One of my favorite quotes by Rumi is: “You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” Where we may think individually we can’t make a difference, it is actually only our fears that are holding us back. If we believe that even our smallest efforts can make a difference, combined we can embody the entire ocean. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t fit the requirements for hair donations, you can also make monetary donations or sponsor a child.
Without taking any attention away from the important topic at hand, I would like to say that I have never been more proud of any single person in my entire life. The amount of love that this little girl has in her heart is beyond words, and to think that at six years old she can make such a selfless decision is truly remarkable. I cannot wait to see what kind of an extraordinary woman my niece grows up to be.