For many women battling cancer, they are doing exactly that – battling. Its constant exhaustion from managing life while fighting the disease, all the while feeling a range of emotions while facing uncertainty. The last thing they need to be worried about is not looking like their best self or how people might react to seeing them without hair.
Through the Wigs for Hope program, Tri-City Medical Center has been providing free custom wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy. This valuable program enables them to feel more comfortable, confident and courageous. Unfortunately, as many resources have been impacted, our Wigs for Hope program has suffered a loss of funding. We need your support and contributions to continue providing this service for our community.
The Wigs for Hope program changes lives for women like Maria Ochoa, who credits the program for helping restore her confidence and support her stepping back into who she knew herself to be before treatment.
“I didn’t want to hear it will grow back. My hair was a part of my identity and the idea of losing ALL of it was incomparable,” said Maria Ochoa. “My nurse and the Cancer Care Navigator who runs the wig program at Tri-City Women’s Center, Renee Ebejer, understood what I needed as a person, not just a patient. Renee gave a voice to my loss. She genuinely felt my pain and then found the treatment to alleviate that pain, which was as simple as providing a wig.”
With your help, we can continue this program and help more people like Maria.
Helping is simple – all it takes is three steps: