Staff and trained volunteers are available
to provide support to those people going through the cancer
experience, their family, and friends.
SCCR has several wigs of varying colors and
styles, which can be loaned out to people experiencing hair loss
as a result of cancer treatment. Included in this service is a
complimentary styling by Karen Keam and a wig care kit (shampoo,
spray and a drying form). The wigs are made of a good quality
synthetic, which makes them very easy to care for. The wigs are
returned to SCCR when no longer needed as they can be sanitized
and given out to another client to use.
A service fee of $25 will be applied to this service after Jan.
Volunteer sewers and knitters in the area
make summer and winter hats and turbans in various types and
colors of material. These are given to persons who require head
coverings as a result of cancer treatment.
These hats are made by individuals or groups of women who get
together to make hats. Some of the communities that have held
sewing days are Morden and Thornhill, Crystal City, Cartwright and
There is a selection of these items
available at SCCR for women who have undergone mastectomies and
are not yet ready to purchase the items. A certified mastectomy
consultant is available by appointment to fit these or to consult
on the purchase of bras and/or prostheses. A $25 fee will also be
applied to this service after Jan. 1st/06.
Public education programs would be developed in conjunction with
CancerCare Manitoba and the Canadian Cancer Society and the local
Community Cancer Program Network at BTHC.
Serving on the Board of Directors
Offering one-to-one support to patients as a cancer survivor
Speaking at support group meetings
Providing food for groups or activities
Helping at activities or fundraisers
Knitting or sewing hats and turbans individually or as a group
(Note: SCCR has some wool and material which has
been donated or was purchased at a discount from local fabric
stores. Volunteers can use this material if they wish.)
Hope Haven is a
room that provides comfort and privacy for people who are having
wig, hat and turban or breast prosthesis fitting, or for clients and
their support persons to rest or read. A grant from The Thomas
Sill Foundation has allowed the organization to install a hair
stylist chair and mirror, storage cupboards, display shelves for the
wigs and head coverings, a desk area, an easy chair and and a sound
system for use by clients and staff.
For more information about any of these services or programs you can
call SCCR at:
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011