Napoleon, OH – Cancer is a life-changing diagnosis and the hair loss
associated with some cancer treatments can be devastating. According to
a recent study, nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most
dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy.
Recently Henry County Hospital partnered with the American Cancer Society
in providing a wig boutique at their location at 1600 East Riverview Ave,
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide an area within
Henry County Hospital for such a needed resource,” stated Kim Bordenkircher,
chief executive officer of Henry County Hospital. “Having the wig
boutique located in the Hospital guarantees individuals a personalized
experience from a highly qualified and courteous staff.”
At American Cancer Society wig boutiques, any woman who is experiencing
hair loss as a result of treatment can receive a free, brand-new wig.
Stylists are also available to cut and style the wigs at no cost to the
patient, or women can attend a Look Good…Feel Better® session
where licensed cosmetologist will show them tips and tricks for hair and
makeup during treatment.
There are also several options for those looking to donate hair. One option
is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths® program. Donated hair must meet
several requirements including: hair should be at least 8 inches long
(measured from just above the ponytail); hair should not be permanently
colored or chemically treated; and hair must be less than 5 percent gray.
Donations are collected and made into free, real-hair wigs by campaign
partner, HairUWear® and are distributed through the national network
of American Cancer Society wig banks. “I am extremely excited that
we are offering real hair wigs at our local wig boutiques! Women are now
able to get a good quality wig for free.” says Jessica West, Health
Initiatives Representative for the American Cancer Society.
“Cancer patients who are interested in getting a wig from our wig
boutique can call our 800 number (800.227.2345) or go to our website (cancer.org)
for more information or locations. They also can call or stop by the Henry
County Hospital on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday from 10am to 4:30pm to
view, pick out, and receive a wig”, explains West. “There
are no financial guidelines for obtaining a wig. All that is required
of patients is to fill out a brief confidential form to let us know that
they have received the wig.”
More information on this and other American Cancer Society wig banks, the
Look Good…Feel Better program, or to schedule a fitting can be
found by calling the Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visiting cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly
a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As
a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight
for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save
lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it
early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after
a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking
discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to
defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research,
contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer
into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who
have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating
birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any
time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Pictured from left to right are Josie Lirot, Community Resource Navigator
for the American Cancer Society, Cindy Latta RPh, Manager of Oncology
Services at Henry County Hospital, and Jessica West, Health Initiatives
Representative for ACS.