About two years ago, Aadhya Sulochana Muliya was shattered when she lost a teacher and a friend, after a courageous battle with cancer. She then decided to grow her hair, so that she could donate hair for wigs for cancer patients. Soon, eight of her friends joined her. Aadhya, an I PU student at Shakti PU college, Mangaluru said: “We have conducted two hair donation camps in Puttur and Karkala, in which nearly 200 people have donated hair. Currently, we have sufficient stock of hair for the preparation of customised wigs.’’
Muliya Foundation, Puttur started by her father Keshav Prasad Muliya, has been sponsoring wigs for cancer patients. Each wig that is prepared in Bengaluru or Tamil Nadu costs around Rs 8,000, and the students prefer a length of 15-20 inches of hair as a donation because most patients prefer to have a wig with long hair.
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The students, including Isha Sulochana Muliya, Kanya Shetty, Varsha K, Akshaya Parvathi, Kaushal Subrahmanya, Neha Bhat, Hitha Kaje, Samarth Ram, and Aadhya, organised Sakhyam, a three-day cancer awareness virtual programme with the guidance of Muliya Foundation, Akanksha Charitable Trust in association with JCI Puttur on August 13, 14 and 16. Anchal Sharma, a cancer survivor, shared her story and motivated cancer patients. On the second day, Dr Guruprasad Bhat, oncologist, KIMS hospital, spoke on diagnosis, stages, preconditioning, and treatment of cancer, and stressed regular follow-ups. On the third day, Dr Ravichandra Karkal, psychiatrist, Yenepoya hospital, guided participants on the ways to interact with cancer patients, and how to motivate them to win over cancer.
“This awareness drive has inspired us to take up more activities. We are planning a get-together with cancer patients soon, and have already launched meditation therapy by Dr Chethana, and soon dance therapy will be launched by Deepak Kumar. All the activities for cancer patients are free of cost,” said Aadhya.