When a child is sick, it’s terribly hard on everyone, and especially so when the diagnosis is cancer. It’s such a scary and heartbreaking situation for family and friends, as well as for the child receiving the diagnosis. One common side effect of cancer treatments is hair loss. Depending on the child’s age and personality, this can often by nearly as devastating as the illness and treatment themselves.
While outcomes are improving, it’s still important for children to look and feel themselves throughout their treatment and beyond. While a child fights cancer, the last thing anyone wants is for him or her to be worried about appearance. At the same time, real hair wigs for cancer patients can help boost self-care and confidence levels in kids who struggle with hair loss. Childhood cancer is devastating, but cancer patient wigs can serve a critical role in the chemo and healing process.
The most common types of cancers in children are leukemias, followed by brain tumors, lymphomas, and neuroblastomas. The American Cancer Society reports that children’s bodies often respond better to chemotherapy than adults, and the prognosis for childhood cancer has improved from past years.
With a hairpiece, children suffering from cancer can experience a respite from everything that has changed in their lives and can feel more like their usual selves while wearing the wig. With our custom real wigs for cancer patients, children can feel at ease with their appearance and can blend into the crowd when they choose.
Wigs For Kids uses a state-of-the-art process to create wigs for children with hair loss that look and feel natural and stay in place on the scalp. Our network of Certified Service Providers are trained to measure and fit wigs that are hand-tied into a custom cap created for each individual child. Children can choose their own hair color and texture, and once they receive the hairpiece, they’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for it.
We know that hair isn’t everything, but it’s our mission to give back some control to kids in such a difficult situation. We aim to do that by providing free wigs for children with cancer at no cost to their families, who may be taking on significant financial burden already, with medical treatments and loss of work time.
If you’d like to make a contribution to help provide a wig for a child in need, please consider making a donation. This could include a monetary donation, hair donation, or simply spreading awareness of our mission. Learn more about Wigs For Kids history and how we got our start.