New Chemo Buddies wig store offers free wigs to cancer patients
For many cancer patients, hair loss is a common side effect of the chemotherapy treatments they receive to eliminate any form of cancer that attacks their body. This loss can be traumatic for patients whose body and mind are already stressed beyond belief because of their cancer diagnosis. Since hair is often the focal point of our appearance and identity, losing it can feel like losing a bit of ourselves. While some may see the loss as part of the healing process, others may not be comfortable with the idea. For this fall in the second camp, Chemo Buddies offers a solution.
The Evansville nonprofit that specializes in supporting and caring for people undergoing chemotherapy treatments and their families announced on Wednesday the opening of Karen’s wig store inside their offices. at 3700 Bellemeade Avenue, Suite 120 (in the building opposite the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.).
The boutique, named after the sister of Chemo Buddies founder Jill Kincaid, who died July 25, 2011 of triple negative breast cancer, will offer a variety of wigs and other beauty services at no cost. for the patients.
According to a quote from Jill on the organization’s Facebook page announcing the opening, the inspiration behind the store (aside from her sister, of course), was the stories they heard from patients with whom they are working on the difficulty of finding decent housing. wig, and once they do, how expensive they are (really good ones can cost thousands of dollars, according to Jill).
Access to the store is by appointment only. This not only allows patients to find a wig they like at no cost to them, but it also allows them to do so in private where they will receive one-on-one assistance from a Chemo Buddies representative.
If you or someone you know is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and would like to learn more about Karen’s Wig Shop, or would like to make an appointment, call Chemo Buddies at 812-598-7910.
Learn more about the mission of Chemo Buddies and the volunteer opportunities they offer at ChemoBuddies.org.
[Source: Chemo Buddies on Facebook]