Wheelchair-borne Padmapriya, a history student of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam became a star for one day along with Manju Warrier and Rima Kallingal, the ‘Rani Padmini’ stars. She was the first person to donate hair to the campaign, titled ‘Locks for Hope’ organized by ‘Canserve’ in association with St. Teresa’s college Ernakulam. As part of their promotional activities, team Rani Padmini had taken a noble step by lending a helping hand to cancer patients.
‘Locks for hope’ is aiming at hair donation for the cancer patients who lost their hair due to the chemotherapy they undergo as a part of their cancer treatment. The donated hair by people will be used to make wigs for the cancer patients.
Padmapriya, withstanding her physical limitations, came to the stage. The campaign started by cutting her hair. ”No tension, nothing”. Padmapriya replied to Rima Kallingal’s inquiry. Padmapriya’s father died due to cancer. So she had a desire to be a part of this noble deed. Padmapriya inaugurated the campaign by lighting the lamp. Her mother handed over the collected hair of her daughter to the ‘Canserve’ society authority.
Literally, St. Teresa’s campus was in a jubilant mood yesterday. But, they had to wait for a long time, as the stars couldn’t keep the prior fixed time. ”I wish to call them as cancer champion, not cancer survivors”. Started to say Malayali’s ever favorite actress Manju Warrier. She revealed that both of her parents had survived cancer.
“I have no fear of cancer as I was with my parents throughout their ill period. It is difficult to stand with the cancer survivors, because, even if any attack of this disease came in later, they may not have fear or they may not bother. Although hair is an added beauty factor of a woman, they are coming forward to donate. Donating hair is indeed a noble deed. Many should come forward. All my support with this always”. Manju adds.
“All my support to this journey for the cancer patients. Rima Kallingal started to say and concluded with “My congratulations to those who are donating hair for the patients”. The hair donation campaign is scheduled to run for next three months.
Students took oath as part of the campaign lead by Thoolika Suresh, chairperson of the college. College director Dr. Sr. Vineetha presided the function. Charitable society secretary Suja Nair, Treasurer Ambika Chandrakumar, Amrita Medical College Oncology specialist Dr. K. Pavithran, St. Teresa’s College Principal Dr. Sajimol Augustin etc. were participated in the function.
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