American Cancer Society Wig Boutique
“It’s hard enough to lose your hair, but if you had to hunt for someplace to get the right wig and wonder how much it will cost, it would be even more difficult,” says Jill Greenwood, a 39-year-old cancer patient from Aurora.
That burden of finding the right wig was lifted from Jill Greenwood when she became the first patient to use the new American Cancer Society (ACS ) Wig Boutique in the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care. The Elmhurst location, on the campus of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, 155 E. Brush Hill Road, is one of 80 ACS Wig Boutiques in Illinois and provides free wigs to cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their cancer treatment.
“Our goal is to make sure that every cancer patient in our area who can’t afford a wig can get one,” says Debbie Fager, account representative at the Oakbrook Terrace office of the ACS.
ACS Wig Boutiques feature a wide variety of wigs in many styles and colors. Trained volunteers guide the patient in choosing a wig and seeing that it fits properly. Many of the Wig Boutique volunteers are cancer survivors themselves.
Greenwood was apprehensive about finding the right wig. She said that her 9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were afraid that she would end up looking like someone else. So Greenwood selected a wig before beginning chemotherapy, something that’s recommended. “We encourage patients to come into the boutique before they lose their hair, so we can better match the style and color,” says Mona Kasper, clinical nurse specialist in Oncology at the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care.
“The volunteer was very helpful in showing me wigs in my shade of brown, and my mom, husband and best friend were on hand to help me decide,” says Greenwood, whose hair is naturally brown and very curly — went with a short and straight style. “Everyone tells me that it just looks like I had my hair straightened. What I wanted was something cute and easy, and that’s just what I got.”
If you are a cancer patient in need of a wig, or want to volunteer at the Wig Boutique in Elmhurst or at another location, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
Contact Us For more information about the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care, visit www.amazingcancercare.com or call (331) 221-5900.