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Free wig giveaway for cancer survivors

For women diagnosed with cancer, losing their hair can be very difficult. ....Source: WLBT For women diagnosed with cancer, losing their hair can be very difficult. ....Source: WLBT
For many women, their hair is a big part of their identity. That's why going through chemotherapy can be very traumatic.....Source: WLBT For many women, their hair is a big part of their identity. That's why going through chemotherapy can be very traumatic.....Source: WLBT
"My oncologist told me after the first treatment that I was going to lose my hair, and I had to have eight rounds of chemo..." Source: WLBT "My oncologist told me after the first treatment that I was going to lose my hair, and I had to have eight rounds of chemo..." Source: WLBT
Without health insurance, wigs can be very expensive.....Source: WLBT Without health insurance, wigs can be very expensive.....Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For women diagnosed with cancer, losing their hair can be very difficult. That's why Jackson State University and the American Cancer Society hosted the Beauty of Cancer Wig Project Thursday evening.

The event is the brainchild of WJSU General Manager, Gina Carter Simmers, a cancer survivor. During her treatment she lost her hair and understands what it feels like. To make that experience a little easier for other women she organized a wig give away. 

"After my first round of chemo, I lost my hair and I actually still don't have any hair," said cancer survivor Sylvia Watley.

For many women, their hair is a big part of their identity. That's why going through chemotherapy can be very traumatic.    

"My oncologist told me after the first treatment that I was going to lose my hair, Watley continued. "And I had to have eight rounds of chemo and I was like that's not going to happen to me. I'm going to be OK. I'm going to hang on to my hair." 

Although they are beautiful with hair or without it's always nice to have options. That's where the wigs come in.     

Tiffany Perkins is a cosmetologist at Epiphany Hair Studio.

"There are alternatives out there," said Perkins. "If you want to opt for a wig, you can also do a scarf or you just be bold and beautiful." 
    
Without health insurance, wigs can be very expensive.

"Unlike me, I have insurance, I can get a free wig," she said. "My insurance will cover that but for women that don't have insurance you can't get a free wig."
    
More than 70 wigs were collected and will be donated to women that want to feel a little glamorous. 

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