|Navy Captain Kim Eun-a / Courtesy of ROK Navy|
By Kang Seung-woo
A Navy officer and an Air Force sergeant have gained recognition for their donation of hair for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment.
According to the Navy, Captain Kim Eun-a has given 40 centimeters of hair to a local charity, which accepts hair donations to make wigs for children cancer patients across the nation. The minimum donation length is 25 centimeters.
After finding that children with cancer have to pay millions of won to purchase wigs, the 28-year-old, who is now serving at the Naval Education and Training Command in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, decided to donate her hair that she had grown over the last four years.
Kim's good deed was not a one-off act.
Influenced by her mother and older sister, both of whom are nurses, Kim often volunteered for hospitals and welfare groups and registered in 2016 as an organ donor.
"Since childhood, I have engaged in volunteer work and donated blood with my family, which led me to donate hair as well," Kim said.
"I am pleased that my donation can help those in need and I want to become a person who can spread positive influence among others."
|Air Force Master Sgt. Jo Ah-ran / Courtesy of ROK Air Force|
Air Force Master Sgt. Jo Ah-ran, who works at the Air Force Education and Training Command in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, also donated 40 centimeters of hair to the same organization that Kim gave to.
According to the Air Force, she decided to make the donation after watching a TV program depicting children with cancer troubled by hair loss and financially burdened to buy wigs.
It was not the first time that Jo donated her hair. In December 2016, she donated it to the Korean Association for Children with Leukemia and Cancer.
"I decided to cut and donate my hair, hoping that my donation will help patients overcome their diseases," Jo said, promising that her good deeds will continue.