Cancer is currently stands as one of the major health problems in Indonesia, about 6% of the Indonesian population suffers from cancer.
In Indonesia, 120 out of 1.000.000 children suffer from cancer. The most common types of child cancer are acute leukemia (35%) and retinoblastoma (17,22%). The mean incidence rate of acute leukemia is 4-4,5/100,000 children/year and for retinoblastoma is 1/15.000-20.000 live births/year. From the year 2000-2005, retinoblastoma incidence in the Rumah Sakit Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) ophthalmology and pediatrics department ranges from 162-167 cases each year.
One of the most inevitable side effects of cancer therapy is hair loss. In the world we live in, hair is seen as a portrayal of beauty and therefore brings about confidence. Many of these children have lost their confidence and hence their strive to live and fight for their passions.
With this in mind, we would like to propose an event that would show our support to the children by raising awareness, funds, as well as building empathy.
Together with Yayasan Pita Kuning Anak Indonesia – Community of Children with Cancer (YPKAI – C3), we propose Shave for Hope. This idea came about from mirroring developed countries such as America, Singapore, and Australia where cancer awareness has helped increase early detection of cancer as well as funding. The concept of Shave for Hope is to get volunteers to shave their heads to raise awareness and funds whilst showing empathy to children cancer sufferers.
With Shave for Hope, we aim to show to the children that hair-loss should not be seen as an obstacle that prevents them from fighting their disease and reaching their dreams.