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First grader gets first haircut to donate hair
小一女捐從未剪過的髮

Girls line up in a classroom to have their hair cut for a hair donation event at Yuanlin Elementary in Changhua County on May 2.
女學生五月二日在彰化縣員林國小排隊為了捐髮而剪髮。

Photo: Ruan Yi-yu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者阮怡瑜

A first grader named Liao Kui-yun, who had not had a haircut since she was born, came together with six middle school girls and some older high school girls to cut their hair at Yuanlin Elementary School in Changhua County on May 2. The hair was donated to A Skin-Graft With Love Foundation. Liao’s hair had grown down to her waist, but she was still more than willing to cut it and even said in excitement, “I have been waiting for this day for so long.”

A Skin-Graft With Love Foundation president, Chan Li-chu, says that for the past 30 years cancer has been the number one killer in Taiwan, and that around 100,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many chemotherapy patients lose their hair during treatment, which often makes them feel terrible, and some even avoid going through chemotherapy because they are afraid of losing their hair. Around five years ago, the foundation started organizing fundraiser events to collect hair for cancer patients, and then use the hair to make custom wigs for them. Around 4,500 people have donated their hair so far and as many as 700 cancer patients have received wigs from them.

Liao’s mother, Liao Pei-fang, who is a school nurse at Changhua’s Chongshih Industrial High School, was actually the one who organized the hair donation event. She said when her eldest daughter donated her hair three years ago, her younger daughter also wanted to donate her hair, but decided not to because she felt it was not long enough, so for the past three years she continued to let her hair grow out. Not only has she been patient about conditioning it, but she also endured the summer heat and insisted on not trimming it.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. chemotherapy n.

化學療法 (hua4 xue2 liao2 fa3)

例: Charlie survived cancer after going through chemotherapy and having surgery.

(查理以化學療法與手術治療癌症。)

2. wig n.

假髮 (jia2 fa3)

例: No one knew she was wearing a wig until she

suddenly took it off.

(在她突然把假髮拿掉前,沒有人知道她戴假髮。)

3. enthusiasm n.

熱情 (re4 qing2)

例: The fans have just as much enthusiasm

as the players.

(球迷跟球員一樣熱情。)


On May 2, Chongshih Industrial High School’s director of student affairs, Yang Shih-chen, also had her three daughters donate their hair. They said, “The event was sponsored by our father, so of course we have to see this through.” The oldest daughter was not able to go to the event in person because she goes to school at National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School. Instead she went to get a haircut the night before and had Yang bring it to the school to donate it.

The school principal, Lin Yu-fen, who has gorgeous short hair, was so moved by the students’ enthusiasm for the hair donation event that she decided she would grow her hair out to donate it the following year with everyone else.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

彰化縣員林國小一年級學生廖桂筠,五月二日與其他六位國中、高中的大姐姐們共同將長髮剪下,捐給切膚之愛基金會,出生至今從沒剪過髮的廖桂筠對於及腰長髮一刀剪斷,沒有一絲不捨,反而開心又興奮地說:「等這一天等好久!」

切膚之愛基金會執行長詹麗珠表示,近三十年來癌症已成為國人的頭號殺手,每年約有十萬人罹癌,而許多民眾在化療過程中會嚴重掉髮,讓他們身心飽受痛苦,甚至因為害怕掉髮而逃避化學療法,所以該基金會從五年前開始為癌友募集真髮,再為癌友量身訂做假髮,至今已有四千五百人捐髮,受惠癌友也高達七百人。

發起這次捐髮活動的崇實高工護理師蔣佩芳正是廖桂筠的母親,她說,三年前大女兒就捐過頭髮,當時年僅四歲的桂筠也一直想捐,卻因頭髮不夠長而作罷,這三年來,小女兒為了將頭髮留長,不但願意乖乖坐著護髮,也強忍著夏天的悶熱,堅持連髮尾都不修剪。

五月二日響應捐髮的還包括崇實高工學務主任楊世圳家中的三位千金。女兒們說:「活動是父親主辦的,當然要挺到底!」其中,三千金中的大姐因為就讀台中女中無法親自到場,前一晚還專程先去剪髮,再委由楊世圳帶到學校一起捐。

看到學生們熱情響應捐髮活動,向來留著清秀短髮的校長林玉芬深受感動之下,也宣布她將留一年的長髮,明年再度帶著大家一起捐髮。

(自由時報記者阮怡瑜)

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