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rapunzel project

I recently learned of The Rapunzel Project which is an organization that is working to help cancer patients keep their hair during chemotherapy treatments.  They are trying to further the use and availability of what is called cold cap therapy to prevent hair loss.  “Cold cap therapy involves the use of special caps, frozen to a very cold temperature, and worn for a period of time before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment.  The cooling of the hair follicles prevents chemotherapy toxins from reaching them, preserving the follicles and therefore preserving the patient’s hair.  This process has been in use in Europe for 15 years.  Individual patients in the United States have learned of and successfully used cold cap therapy in the last few years.”  The two women who started this organization are both breast cancer survivors and wish to help others who are suffering from cancer.

I don’t know much about The Rapunzel Project, I haven’t researched it.  If you want to make a donation, please do your homework first!!

p.s.  Our local Relay for Life was this past weekend.  My husband and I both participated.  The business I work for sponsored a team for the second year and was the top corporate sponsor this year! 🙂


Locks of Love FYI

Did you know:
   1. a child must have permanant hair loss to receive a wig?
       chemotherapy patients are not eligible
   2. these wigs are not free of charge?
       prices are based on the income of the family
   3. your donated hair may not end up in a child’s wig?
       most donations are determined unfit and sold
   4. in general, American hair is unsuitable for these wigs?
       the hair is damaged by use of chemicals such as dying and perming, use of styling products, heat from dryers and
       irons, and even frequent washing!
   5. LoL has received an estimated 936,000 donations and have only created 1,000 hairpieces?
       each wig requires about 10 donations, so where have the other 925,000 gone?

Alternatives to donating your hair:
1. If you are going to cut your hair regardless, sell it and donate the money to cancer research.  Finding a cure is more important anyway, right?  And this way you know where your money is going.
2. If you know someone with cancer, offer to buy them a wig.  This way you know a person is being helped.
3. Donate blood.  Donate hair and save someone’s dignity, donate blood and save someone’s life. (I do this on a regular basis)
4. Participate in the Relay for Life or other events that help fight cancer. (I joined a team for our local relay in June this year)