Zichron Menachem–The Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families marked on Tuesday the end of its National Hair Drive, in a special candle lighting for Hanukkah in the presence of children with cancer, at the Diamond Exchange District in Ramat Gan.
During the drive, hair salons across Israel provided free haircuts for hair donors. The hair which was collected was donated to children with cancer, who lose their hair as they are forced to undergo chemotherapy treatments to treat the disease.
The event was attended by some of Israel’s most famous television personalities and musicians, who came to cheer up the dozens of young cancer patients.
Danny Roup, a meteorologist for Channel 10 News, has volunteered for Zichron Menachem for over ten years.
“I feel like I’m already a part of Zichron Menachem, but I always use my famous name to call people to donate, help the organization, and come to the events,” Roup told Arutz Sheva. “Zichron Menachem is a very big organization but they’re very quiet. They don’t do a lot of PR, and this kind of event – for the past week they’ve been collecting from Israelis to donate to children who lost their hair during treatments – I don’t think any other organization has done this before.”
Roup explained that hair “is very important” for children with cancer, especially girls.
“The most important thing [for the children] – even more than the treatment itself – is the hair,” he said. “You lose your eyebrows, you lose your hair. They go on the street and people are looking at them. So the minute they get real hair from other people, it causes their confidence to go up. When the confidence is higher, fighting the cancer becomes easier.”
One of the more exciting moments in Tuesday’s celebration was when fighters in an elite unit of the Border Police sliding from the top of the Aviv Tower (the tallest tower in Israel) with a 250-meter long braid made up for hair collected from 1,500 donations received on the first day of the drive.