A teenager has donated her hair to a campaign to provide free wigs for cancer patients. Sixteen-year-old Serda Yurdaer, a student at the Lefkoşa Turkish Lycée, decided to have her long tresses cut and donate the result to the Bundle of Hair campaign, knowing that her hair would regrow while the gift would help patients suffering hair loss after cancer treatment.
Her mother, Lütfiye Akeler, handed over the 30cm-long hair bundle to the Help Those With Cancer Association (Tulips), who sent it on to Turkey to be made into a wig. Tulips founder and chairman Raziye Kocaismail expressed her gratitude to Miss Yurdaer, who has previously supported other charities, and said she should serve as example to other children and young adults.
The campaign was established in April 2014 by Nursel Öztekin who has so far received sufficient donations of hair or cash to make more than 60 wigs – costing 150TL each 47 of which are currently being worn by cancer patients.
Öztekin said the aim of the campaign was to put a smile back on the faces of patients of all ages, male or female who have lost their hair after chemotherapy. The wigs are made in istanbul and then sent back to Tulips for use by TRNC patients.
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