Esteem becomes the official Wig Library service provider for people with cancer – “making an often confronting experience a more enjoyable one”.
In their ongoing quest to help raise the self-esteem of the community in which they live and work, Allison and Martin Lazare of Esteem Hair Beauty Spa in Penrith, are excited to announce their long-term partnership with Cancer Council NSW’s Penrith office and the Nepean Cancer Care Centre. As of August 2014, this newly formed partnership will see the Nepean Wig Library move into Esteem Hair Beauty Spa as the new local not-for-profit provider of this service.
For any cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, the reality of losing their hair can be traumatic. Whilst many patients choose to have a wig fitted to minimise self-consciousness, this ‘solution’ can often be quite a confronting and costly exercise.
In 1991, as a response to this, the Nepean Cancer Care Centre launched the Wig Library initiative, a service that enabled cancer patients in the Penrith area to loan wigs for a small fee. Whilst the initiative has been extremely well received over the past 13 years, the wig library has been limited in what it can offer and increasing cancer treatment services have put pressure on space for other services offered by the Centre.
Aware of the wig library initiative through a long-standing client of the salon, and saddened with the knowledge that the much-needed service was under threat, husband and wife salon owners, Allison and Martin Lazare, decided to approach the Cancer Council NSW and the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, to see how they could help. As a result of this initial contact, and following several months of discussions and preparation, Cancer Council NSW and the Nepean Cancer Care Centre have agreed that Esteem Hair Beauty Spa is ideally positioned to be the new home for the Nepean Wig Library.
From August 5th 2014, cancer patients who are losing their hair as a result of treatment will be invited to visit a private consultation room at Esteem Hair Beauty Spa, where a specially trained member of the Esteem team will help the patient pick the perfect wig, turban or hat to suit their natural features and lifestyle choices. Esteem’s Nepean Wig Library will house a wide range of wigs to choose from in contemporary colours and styles, with new wigs to be regularly added. There are no changes to the cost structure of the wig library, just a change of location and expert advice. This service will continue to receive ongoing support from the Nepean Cancer Centre, who are pleased to see it continue in its new home.
Says Martin, “As a team, we’re really humbled to be able to support such a worthwhile initiative. Beyond the wig service facility, our expertise can add guidance and support in regards to wig colour and styles for us, it’s all about making an often confronting experience a more enjoyable one.”
Rodney Titovs, Community Programs Coordinator at Cancer Council NSW’s Penrith office is equally excited about Esteem coming on board as a dedicated partner;
“Offering the wig library in partnership with a local business provider is an exciting real first for us, and may open up additional opportunities for this type of partnership in other areas. Cancer Council NSW is very confident that the experienced team at Esteem Hair Beauty Spa are in a great position to take this on, and we look forward to letting patients in the area know that this professional service is now available to them.”
Rodney continues, “It is also great to know that this service will remain in Penrith for the benefit of local cancer patients going through treatment. I am grateful to the Nepean Cancer Care Centre and all the Cancer Council volunteers who have kept the wig library running until now. This is the chance for the wig library to grow and develop new life thanks to Esteem Hair Beauty Spa.”
Esteem Hair Beauty Spa will also continue to support additional Cancer Council NSW initiatives throughout the year, including Daffodil Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Pink Ribbon. Whilst anyone is welcome to donate towards the wig library, Esteem clients will have the opportunity to contribute to the wig service offering by donating $1 when receiving a hair, beauty or spa treatment at the salon. All monies donated will go towards the purchase of new wigs and headwear for the facility.
The Wig Library will be open 2pm – 4pm Tuesdays & Thursdays.
About Cancer Council NSW
Cancer Council NSW is a non-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, empower and mobilise the community to beat cancer.
Vision – “Together we will beat cancer”
Values – Innovation, responsibility, courage and collaboration
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