I am a research scientist that works at the Women's Cancer Research Center at Pitt. I have formed a relay team for the Pittsburgh Marathon with my family and friends to raise money for Hair Peace Charities (HPC). This is a local charity in which I currently serve as a board member. I strongly belive in the mission of HPC to help local women and girls with financial assistance to purchase a wig needed due to cancer. With many cancers, women will lose their hair 15 days after the first chemotheraphy treatment. In Pennsylvania, most insurance companies state a wig is not needed and do not cover the costs. This is why Bonny Diver-Hall started Hair Peace Charities, to assist women and girls as cancer is expensive...co-pays, loss of work from sick days - money is tight. Most wigs cost around $300. HPC assists women in the 11 county region of Western Pennsylvania who are struggling due to the high cost of treatment, time off of work, co-pays and deductibles during cancer treatment. Hair Peace also offers cancer fighting information, encouragement and faith with support groups.
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