Univer­sity stu­dent do­nates hair to UNICEF for leukemia pa­tients

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A UNIVER­SITY stu­dent in western Edirne prov­ince has been do­nat­ing her hair for leukemia pa­tients since she was 11. Münevver Gizem Erdil first started to cut her hair to em­pathize with leukemia pa­tients and those who lost their hair in chemo­ther­apy treat­ments, and she has been do­nat­ing her hair to the Health and Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren with Leukemia (LÖSEV) and the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Emer­gency Fund (UNICEF) ever since.

The 22-year-old woman waits for her hair to grow about 30 cen­time­ters, and then cuts it, and she had her hair cut four times in the past 11 years for wig pro­duc­tion, as well as to meet the ex­penses of the pa­tients.

Erdil told Anadolu Agency (AA) that she is do­ing as much as she can to help pa­tients.

“Em­pa­thy is very im­por­tant. When peo­ple look at young chil­dren with leukemia, they look with pity. In fact, just a smile is enough,” she said. Erdil said that some­times she re­ceives “get well wishes” from peo­ple, as they as­sume that she is sick when they see her short hair. Say­ing that she do­nat­ing her hair is the least she can do be­cause she is not fi­nan­cially well-off, Erdil added, “I would do­nate more if I had the money.”

Münevver Gizem Erdil, 22, has been do­nat­ing her hair since she was 11 years old.

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