BENEFITING: HAIR PEACE CHARITIES
ORGANIZER: HAIR PEACE CHARITIES
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
HAIR PEACE CHARITIES wrote -
Hair Peace Charities is honored to be partnering with the Pittsburgh Marathon. Participants can now join our HPC Team and dedicate their participation and fundraising on behalf of our organization. Their fundraising will help us further our mission of helping women and girls receive financial assistance towards the purchase a wig needed due to cancer treatment. Hair Peace assists women in the 11 county region of Western Pennsylvania.
With your help Hair Peace Charities can reach our goal!
Hair Peace Story
With many cancers, women will lose their hair 15 days after the first chemotheraphy treatment. In Pennsylvania, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a wig. This is why radio personality Bonny Diver-Hall started Hair Peace Charities, to provide financial assistance to women and girls for the purchase of a wig. Hair Peace provides up to $150 towards the purchase of a wig. Funds are available to those living in the area codes 412 and 724.
I have lost one of the most important people in my life, my mother (Lisa).
In December 2011, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer after going to the hospital for a collapsed lung. After Christmas and the New Year started, she started her chemo treatments. She made it through a total of 6 brutal treatments. In July 2012, she had lung surgery to remove part of her lung/tumor. After that she had to start radiation to finish getting rid of the remaining cancer. Soon enough, my mother was cancer free!!!
But in June 2013, my two kids, my grandmother, my mother and I were on a weekend trip. We went out to lunch and came back to the hotel to rest. My mother took the kids for a walk around the hotel. Shortly after she returned to the room, she suddenly fell to the ground. We called 911 and she was taken to the hospital. My mother had just had a seizer. After a few days we got to come home and return to Pittsburgh. She went for some tests and we found out devastating news... her cancer had come back and metastasized to her brain, kidney, liver, and bone marrow in her arm. I know that I couldn't believe it. I could only imagine what she was thinking. She went through more and more treatments. She was able to beat the cancer in her arm and went through brain surgery to remove as much as the tumor as they could. The cancer in her liver and kidney stayed about the same. She was in and out of the hospital and eventually barely left the house or her room. She ended up in the hospital for the last time and was moved to the hospice home on September 27, 2014 and passed away on October 4, 2014.
One of her biggest strugles was her hair loss. She started losing her long curly hair after her second chemo treatment. We were out to dinner when she just had it with the constant hair falling out and knotted mess. She ended up cutting it all off that night in tears. She had a few wigs but never a real human hair wig that she could style. I wish we would have known about this great cause at the time. She was always embarssed with out her wig. Lets help other women like my mother recieve the wig they deserve.