“I know that many parents are under huge financial pressure when their child is undergoing treatment and hair is often seen as a luxury that they cannot afford. I hope my campaign can make their journey a little easier and hopefully inspire others to do the same,” says Dr Patricia Brown.

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Dr Patricia Brown (36) says she has always found “strength” in her long hair. Now the anaesthetist from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is ready to chop off her locks in a live social media event on 7 of November 2020.

Dr Brown will be cutting off 60cm of hair in partnership with A Few Grey Hairs and the salon’s Hair with Love initiative that encourages women of all ages to donate their hair to young girls in need.

Campaigning for three little girls to get wigs

The doctor has organised a BackaBuddy campaign which aims to raise R30 000. Together with the sale of her hair, and the help of a fellow campaigner Susan Friese, Dr Brown hopes to have enough funds to create three wigs to be donated to the following beneficiaries:

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Teagan Walsh (4), a young girl who lost her hair as a result of neuroblastoma treatment, as well as Liane Ferreira (7) and Lisa Venter (13) who suffer from Alopecia totalis and Clauston syndrome respectively. Their conditions have left them with little or no hair, without the possibility of future hair growth.

Teagan Walsh (4), a young girl who lost her hair as a result of neuroblastoma treatment, as well as Liane Ferreira (7) and Lisa Venter (13)

Over R20k raised to date

Since the BackaBuddy campaign went live on the 29 September, Dr Brown has already raised over R20 000 with contributions from 30 donors both locally and abroad.

“As a healthcare worker I have come across numerous children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy or because they have Alopecia. Each time, I have wished that I could give them some of my hair, along with my strength so they can fight their circumstances. All a little girl wants is to feel normal, loved and beautiful” says Dr Brown.

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