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'A Good Hair Day' wig drive continues across metro Gainesville

POSTED: April 29, 2013 12:58 a.m.

For a woman who has lost her hair during cancer treatments, every day is a bad hair day.

But The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and The American Cancer Society are hoping to make women’s days a little better by sponsoring the fourth annual “A Good Hair Day” wig drive.

The wig drive will continue through May 31.

The medical center will be collecting donations of “preloved” and new wigs, wig stands and products.

Through a partnership with Lanier Technical College, students in the school’s cosmetology program will clean and restyle all of the donated wigs.

The wigs will be given to women who don’t have the financial means or access to resources to get one on their own.

“We collected 85 wigs last year and have already given out almost every one of these wigs to patients in need,” said Lisa Bridges, a patient navigator with NGMC. “We are hopeful that the community will reach out again this year.”

The donations help to restore hope to cancer patients who are battling the emotional and physical effects of chemotherapy. Wig donations are tax deductible, but a name and address will be needed to send donors a tax form.

Wigs may be dropped off on the bottom floor of the outpatient building of NGMC Radiation Oncology Department, The Longstreet Cancer Center, the Oncology Specialists of North Georgia, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Gynecologic Oncology, or at Hall County Relay for Life at Road Atlanta in Braselton on May 31.

“The donations are truly making a difference in the lives of cancer patients,” said Elida Lopez, an ACS patient resource navigator. “We are so grateful to the community for their continued participation.”

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