Losing your hair can be a devastating experience, which is why many cancer patients across BC rely on wig donations.
The Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation recently gifted 150 thousand dollars to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s wig bank program and it’s making an impact for one women receiving treatment in Prince George.
Teddy Wolbers of 100 Mile house was diagnosed with Breast and Lymph Node Cancer in April of this year. “I don’t know how to explain it, it just totals you, because I felt good, I was healthy and everything else and then you get told you have cancer,” she said.
One of the hardest realities to cope with for Wolbers was the loss of her hair. “It was devastating, because you’re in the shower one day and there’s clumps of hair falling, it was just horrible.”
However, thanks to community donations, Northern BC Regional Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Margaret Jones-Bricker, says more than 60 wigs are available for cancer patients at the Prince George wig bank. “I bet you on every week, we receive at least three to five people bringing in hair donations,” she said.
The wig bank at the Kordyban lodge will take donations of hair that is longer than eight inches and not treated with any chemicals. Wolbers is pleased with the selection. “There’s every style there is here, something for everybody, it’s amazing how this takes eight ponytails though.”
Eight ponytails. That’s right. In fact, it can take up to fifteen ponytails of hair to make just one wig, but for Wolbers it makes all the difference. “No woman wants to walk around bald and it’s darn cold, it’s unreal how much your hair actually insulates your head,” she said.
A number of scarves and toque donations are also available to the Kordyban Lodge’s wig bank to help with the cold weather. Jones-Bricker says the impact is felt all throughout Northern BC. “We have wigs available in Terrace, Burns Lake, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Quesnel, and Williams Lake, and in other parts of BC, there are wigs available in multiple communities as well.”