By: Sccr  09-12-2011
Keywords: Cancer, Hats, Wigs

  1. Staff and trained volunteers are available to provide support to those people going through the cancer experience, their family, and friends.

  1. 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. 1st/06.

  1. 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 Woodmore.

  1. 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.

  • Driving program
  • 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 project

(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: 1-866-287-4730

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Cancer, Hats, Wigs