Bon Secours Health System teamed up with two community organizations today to give patients at the St. Francis Cancer Center a make-over, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The event was called “Wigged Out Wednesday” and happens monthly at the St. Francis Cancer Center.
Patients experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments were able to pick out a new wig for free, thanks to a donation from the Chapman Foundation. Stylists from the Williams Barber Training School were also there to shave patients’ hair and style their wigs at no cost.
Libby Pimlott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 and asked the Williams Barber Training School team to shave her hair after selecting a wig. She says the experience was empowering.
“At first I thought I’d be sad,” she said. “But I don’t feel sad today. As a matter of fact, I feel liberated. It felt good to get it done.”
The next “Wigged Out Wednesday” event is March 13th. It’s open for all local cancer patients experiencing hair loss. The St. Francis Foundation is also accepting donations to keep it going.