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THe WIG exCHAnGe In WeSTCHeSTeR SUPPoRTS WoMen WITH CAnCeR THe GIFT oF HAIR – FRoM WoMen WHo’ve Been THeRe SOLE RyEDERS & FRIENDS,

“Having been there, I understand the power of community support,” said Kate a charitable organization based in Rye, NY, Conn, Program Coordinator and cancer formally launched The Wig Exchange, a survivor. “It is our goal to provide a sensitive, new network to provide women undergoing caring and confidential environment for chemotherapy with access to professionally newly diagnosed women not only to provide cared-for wigs donated by cancer survivors, in a quality wig that will lift their spirits but February 2012. also to help them by sharing connections, With generous funding from Tompkins practical advice and personal insights. The Financial Advisors of White Plains, The Wig exchange can help alleviate some of the Exchange is managed under the leadership of emotional and financial stresses that often Sandy Samberg and Kate and Paul Conn. occur during treatment.” “After many months of planning, we Paul Conn, Kate’s husband, remembers formally launched the exchange in February “When Kate lost her hair during chemo, and it has been more successful than we ever she faced her biggest fear. Overnight it imagined. We’re humbled to have received such became harder for us to convince our positive feedback from women undergoing young boys that everything was going to chemotherapy as well as from cancer survivors be okay and that Mommy was actually who have donated their wigs,” said Sandy getting better. Kate was lucky since we Samberg, Founder of Sole Ryeders. could afford a high-quality wig. But it “Hair loss is among the most troublesome side effects for women facing cancer. I was The gift of hair–from women who’ve been there. struck me: what do women who can’t surprised to learn how expensive high-quality wigs are—and that some afford one do? We hope these wigs will also provide a talisman effect insurance companies don’t cover them at all,” she continued. “Without for newly diagnosed cancer patients, since many of the wigs have been a well-made wig, some women become more reclusive than they need to donated by cancer survivors who are keen to pay their wigs forward.” The Wig Exchange’s first client, Camille Bova, who is still undergoing be during chemo. A nice wig can make them feel confident about their chemotherapy, said, “I truly appreciate The Wig Exchange’s enthusiasm appearance during treatment.” With over 125 donated wigs in inventory, The Wig Exchange manages in helping me find a wig on such short notice. Their interest, concern every step of the process: seeking wig donations from cancer survivors, and willingness to help women with cancer look better and feel better working with service partners to have wigs professionally cleaned and about themselves is wonderful.” The Wig Exchange currently serves the Westchester, NY area, with a reconditioned, and subject to inventory, finding the right wig for a cancer patient. Once a successful match is made for a woman undergoing goal of extending to other communities in the near future. Wig donations are tax deductible. chemotherapy, the exchange provides: Sole Ryeders & Friends is a volunteer-driven community-based • Valuable guidance and support from a program coordinator, who is organization that provides and supports local cancer-related programs. a survivor herself. • Access to service partners who can assist with in-home hair cutting Sole Ryeders and Friends has raised over $1 million for cancer related causes since starting its fundraising efforts in 2007. (in preparation for chemotherapy), wig fitting and styling. To learn more about The Wig Exchange, visit www.thewigexchange.org; • Products and supplies associated with the wig. email info@thewigexchange.org; or call 914/412-4884. • Broader support from the Sole Ryeders & Friends community.

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