One of the most emotionally distressing aspects of cancer treatment for many patients is losing their hair. But thanks to the Unum Foundation and Poland’s Daję Głowę, many of those patients know they’re not alone.
Unum and Daje Glowe, a Polish organization that raises awareness of childhood cancer, have partnered to create the “I share my hair” campaign. The campaign encourages people to show solidarity with cancer patients by cutting their hair.
The campaign literally took center stage at a recent “I share my hair” event as participants sat in barbers’ chairs before onlookers for a free haircut. Barbers, hairdressers and hair stylists volunteered to provide free cuts throughout the day, lopping enough locks to make wigs for cancer patients.
The event also raised money for 5-year-old Franio, who suffers from a brain glioma. Donors and volunteers collected more than $7,500 to help Franio’s parents take him to a clinic in Switzerland for cancer treatment.
“It was inspiring to see so many people come out and not only generously donate their time and resources, but also their hair, to this great cause,” said Unum Poland employee Malgosia Morańska. “The Unum Foundation has helped more than 1,000 people in need since it started 10 years ago, and we’re ready to help even more.”
Unum is dedicated to making a positive difference in people’s lives — and that commitment goes far beyond the benefits the company provides its customers. The company builds strong communities by focusing resources to improve educational opportunities, promote health and wellness, and support the arts. The company also empowers employees to build relationships and work closely with local agencies that serve children, youth and families who need support.
Visit Unum’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility site to learn more about how Unum and its employees are making a difference in the communities they call home.