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.
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).
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.
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.