Helping People In Our Community

OUR MISSION

To help maintain the dignity, confidence and self-esteem of those affected by medical hair loss.

Hair loss due to cancer treatment can be traumatic. For pre-teens, teenagers and adults, hair loss serves as a constant reminder of one’s illness, as well as a devastating blow to one’s self-esteem.

  • According to the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention, in 2015, New York State had one of the highest incidences of cancer in the US. On parts of Long Island, the rate of cancer in two areas, breast and female lung cancer exceeds the state average.
  • In 2011, New York State was ranked 11th in the country for incidences of cancer among children ages 18 and under.
  • While there are many therapies being utilized to fight cancer, among the most often used is chemotherapy, which usually results in hair loss.

Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair especially on the scalp—either in patches (alopecia areata), on the entire head (alopecia totalis), or over the entire body (alopecia universalis).

  • It is estimated that alopecia affects several million children in the United States, and hair loss is responsible for about 3 percent of all pediatric office visits.
  • Over 6.6 million people in the United States have alopecia, nearly 40% of all women age 18+ will experience hair loss at some time in their lives.
  • Alopecia areata affects both sexes and all ages but is most common in children five to twelve years old. About one per 1000 children has alopecia areata. Approximately 5 percent of children with alopecia areata go on to develop alopecia totalis, and some of these children may develop alopecia universalis.

The Challenges of Hair Loss

Unfortunately, society’s emphasis on appearance has forced women to suffer in silence. It is considered far more acceptable for men to experience hair loss. Even more unfortunate is that the medical community pays little attention to the issue of women’s hair loss. Since hair loss doesn’t appear to be life threatening, some health professionals overlook women’s complaints about hair loss and essentially tell them, “It’s no big deal.” or “You’ll just have to live with it.”

Anecdotal evidence has shown that when a cancer patient (or anyone suffering from medically induced hair loss) receives an attractive and appropriate wig, it improves their outlook and ability to handle their medical and life situations.

Problems Associated with Wigs

Often wigs that are readily available and affordable are low quality; they can be itchy and uncomfortable to wear. For a child, small sizes are not readily available and often include too much hair.

How You Can Help Hair Loss Sufferers In Our Long Island Community

Our primary goal is based on empathy. We want to provide more wigs to more people, more quickly.

  • Build and sustain an inventory of semi-custom wigs that will allow us to respond to every request as quickly as possible.
  • Develop relationships with salons, which will style the wigs at no charge, with the same level of speed and compassion.
  • Build public awareness about the psychological devastation of medical hair loss.

With your contribution to Hair We Share, you’re helping us have the right high-quality wig available for the next person in need. Your contribution also allows our staff to build a network of caring salons across Long Island that partner with us.

Please make your tax deductible donation to Hair We Share by going to www.Hairweshare.org or sending a check to Hair We Share, 4 Expressway Plaza, Suite LL14, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.

You can make the greatest difference in the life of a medical hair loss sufferer with your financial support today.

About Hair We Share

Founded in 2014, by Suzanne Chimera and Dean Riskin, with over 50 years in the custom wig design business, Hair We Share is a 501C-3 non-profit organization whose mission is to help maintain confidence, dignity, and self-esteem of those affected by medical hair loss.

We provide customized wigs free of charge to children under the age of 18 and adults who do not have the financial means to purchase them; we are particularly committed to helping children, for whom hair loss creates unique social challenges.

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