Helping With Hair Loss

October 22, 2009 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

For kids like Paige who have to undergo serious treatment to battle their illness it seems they have enough to deal with, but as Paige described in her last post, on top of everything else, young cancer patients often have to face the brutal reality of losing their hair. And despite all of the other challenges cancer patients face, losing their hair can often have the most impact on their self image and self esteem.

I know in my experience of working at the Foundation and walking through Children’s Hospital it is always difficult to see the kids who have lost their hair. I always think about what they must have been through to get to that point. And even though I am heartbroken for them to have to ensure these challenges so young, I still see joy in their faces when I look at them. After all, they are still kids. So no matter what they feel on the inside, when they’re at the hospital they seem to have a sense of belonging and ironically seem to feel comforted in not being alone.

As you know, there are many organizations and events that support cancer research and treatment programs but I have chosen just a couple of my favourites that I would like to share with you today.

The first is BC Children’s Hospital’s Balding for Dollars event. This is an event initiated by parents and hospital staff who have been touched by childhood cancer and blood disorders. The event raises funds to directly support children and their families during and after their cancer treatment – funding things like medical supplies and equipment not covered by health insurance, and temporary accommodations for the family when they need to travel to receive the care their child needs – all the while promoting the mandate that bald is beautiful. Over the years it has grown from being a one day event to many events held in communities throughout BC where individuals register to collect pledges in return for having their head shaved, demonstrating their support for cancer sufferers.

For more information about how to get involved in this inspirational event, visit www.baldingfordollars.com or call the Foundation at 1-888-663-3033.

The other organization I want to tell you about is Wigs for Kids Vancouver. While Paige opted for hats to cover her bald head, many children hope for a wig to help them feel normal again. Unfortunately, the cost of a human wig can range upwards of $2,000, a cost that is out of reach for families already struggling with providing care for their kids. “Wigs for Kids” exists to allow kids with cancer to experience their childhood with fun and dignity.

Click here to learn more about Wigs for Kids and how you can help by either donating your hair or making a donation.

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