Cancer is difficult for anyone to deal with, much less children. However, a Brazilian cancer charity has found a way to make the process a bit less lonely through the use of Bald Cartoons. The idea is that children use television, and specifically cartoons, to relate to the world; it’s their form of entertainment and diversion. However, most all cartoon characters have hair. When children lose theirs through chemotherapy treatments, it can make them feel different and alone. By portraying their favorite cartoon characters with shaved heads, the idea is to make the children feel like they’re not alone in the process.
The organization is looking for more cartoonists to join their cause and hope to portray more characters in a way different than ever before. It’s vital to show children that they aren’t alone, and that there’s nothing wrong with having no hair. April is Cancer Awareness Month,and though it has now passed, there should be no end to cancer awareness. It’s difficult for everyone involved, but the hair loss is especially taxing on children, particularly little girls.
GRAACC was formed in 1991 at the behest of Dr. Sergio Petrilli, the head of oncology at the Paulista School of Medicine. He started out providing ‘day care’ service to children, treating them during the day at the hospital and allowing them to return home at night. However, this became more difficult as time went on, and the need for a dedicated facility became apparent. This facility became a reality in 1998 when the Pediatric Oncology Institute was built. Now the organization works to find new treatments for common cancers, as well as preventative methods.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a cartoonist for the Bald Cartoons campaign, you can apply through their website at www.baldcartoons.com. The campaign can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Characters like Popeye the Sailor, Hello Kitty, Rio, and several super heroes are already represented; let’s add to that count and stand alongside the children.