Zayee Ajmera

Only a girl can know and relate to what value hair holds in our lives – donating my long locks for a second time made me realize how hard it is to cope when one of your most defining features are taken away. When we describe a person, one of the first things we notice are their hair, and whether it’s curly or straight, long or short, braided up or let loose. It seems unfair, that while we can enjoy this unnoticed luxury, some people are left with no choice but to lose it all in the face of illness. The first time I donated, it was long planned – I was growing my hair to donate it. This time however, it was completely impulsive.  I was bombarded with questions about my hair, from friends and teachers alike, and on hearing about my donation, I received praise from everyone. It still takes me time to get used to my new look, and I can only imagine how hard it is for cancer patients. I feel so proud when people praise me and wish me well, and I know that this will be a commitment for the rest of my life. It’s such a small contribution to someone’s raging war, but I know it will help them fight even harder than ever before. 

-Zayee Ajmera