Mohini Samani, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Smethwick, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just age nine. After two and a half years of chemotherapy, Mohini had experienced a significant amount of hair loss.
The brave young girl recalls the life-changing moment when she was diagnosed with cancer. She said: “When you are diagnosed with cancer your life is turned upside down. In one moment your life isn’t your own any more.”
Mohini bravely speaks about the difficulty of coming to terms with hair loss as a cancer patient: “Among everything else going on in your life, you would think that hair loss would be the least of your problems.
“But when you don’t recognise yourself in the mirror, you feel as though you have lost yourself to the illness.”
Thankfully, soon after her diagnosis, Mohini and her family were able to get support from UK cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Raising awareness through Wig Wednesday
In May this year, Mohini took part in a fundraising event for the charity called ‘Wig Wednesday’. Supporters were invited to put on colourful wigs to help raise money for the charity, which offers supports to children and young people with cancer. Mohini herself happily donned a curly, purple wig for the event.
“Some young people find losing their hair really difficult, so this is a really fun way to support them and raise funds for the charity.”
Anna Finnegan, regional fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “Mohini looked absolutely brilliant in her wig and we were thrilled she and so many other people joined in with this year’s campaign.
“Every day ten children and young people are diagnosed with cancer.
“Fundraising events like Wig Wednesday help us continue and expand our work providing practical, financial and emotional support to families whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.”
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is one of the UK’s leading cancer charities for children and young people and their families. The charity provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support.
Wig Wednesday takes place in May every year, and on this day people across the UK put on their most colourful wigs and participate in fun fundraising activities.
A host of celebrities got on board this year to support the charity, including former Pussycat Doll and Dancing on Ice judge Ashley Roberts, TV presenter Laura Whitmore, former TOWIE star Lydia Bright, ex-Eastenders actress Michelle Ryan and Absolutely Fabulous’s Joanna Lumley.
The Belgravia Centre
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