Nina Foyabo gives up her hair for a good cause

One lovely day in Southern California, 14 year old Nina Foyabo tells her mother, Mrs Judith Foyabo (ExSSA Los Angeles Public Relations Executive), that she wants to donate her long beautiful hair. Mrs Foyabo plays it down thinking it is just a phase. A few weeks later, Mrs Foyabo finds Nina in her room watching videos of how to donate hair. Nina tells her Mom that has noticed only Caucasians, Asians and Latinas are donating hair; then she blurts out when she sees the curious look on her mother’s face “black kids have cancer too, I’m going to change that!”. She then shows her mother the instructions and hair donation form, that is when Mrs Foyabo realizes this wasn’t some phase that Nina was going through, this was a young philanthropist who knew exactly what she was signing up for.

We were all inspired by this brave young girl so we wanted to learn more from her about what moved her to do this.

“I never liked short hair when I was younger, so I never really got a haircut. That’s how my hair stayed pretty long. When I had long hair, my mom would help me wash it. Then she would moisturize my hair with hair detangling lotion. After that she would brush it out and let me style my hair the way I wanted to. No perms or chemicals. Sometimes my mom will take me to the hair salon where they hot combed and styled my hair for special occasions.

I have been a patient at Children’s hospital since I was 6 years old. I have seen cancer patients lose their hair. I have even talked to them. When I go to my infusions and appointments, I talk to other patients about their treatments, their life, school, common interests, etc. I wanted to donate my hair because I wanted to do something nice for those who don’t have hair. I don’t really miss having long hair because I don’t have to brush it as often and it doesn’t get tangled as much. It’s really awesome to donate things and help others because there are people on this Earth with nothing.” – Nina Foyabo



Mrs Foyabo, who is also a Philanthropist herself had this to say to her daughter who is closely following the good example of her parents.

Judith Foyabo“Nina, although you don’t have cancer I can now understand how you feel about your fellow patients during your monthly visits to the infusion center at CHLA. God bless you” – Mrs Judith Foyabo

Nina also belongs to the BEST BUDDIES club in her high school. She volunteers and makes friendships with students with developmental disability. Her Best Buddy has Down syndrome. She spends time with her and gives her gifts, cakes and sweets.

It is our hope that her story will inspire others to always reach out to those less fortunate with gestures of love and kindness that will make their day a little brighter and their smiles a little wider.

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1 Comment

  • Judith Foyabo

    Sep 17, 2015


    Thanks Amabel for writing this article. We hope that Nina's unique gesture will inspire many.

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