Put a Cap on Cancer

Wig Application
If you are undergoing cancer treatment and would like to apply for a free cap wig, please fill out the application below.
When is your birthday? (mm/dd/yyyy)
What type of cancer do you have?
Where are you being treated? (i.e. Beth Israel, Dana-Farber, MD Anderson, St. Jude's, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic)
What is the name of your oncologist?
Please upload an official letter from your oncologist stating that you are under his/her care and require a wig due to hair loss from ongoing cancer treatment. Letter must be addressed to the Verma Foundation and dated within 30 days of submission. Other forms will not be accepted. (Allowed file extentions: .jpg, .jpeg, .doc, .pdf, .png)

Losing my hair.

Nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss to be the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy.

I was that statistic.

When the doctor told me I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the first thing I thought about was my hair.

Am I going to lose it?

It may sound trivial and superficial, but most women will tell you that hair is a big part of our identity. While I knew hair loss was imminent, nothing prepared me for the emotional toll it would take.

One day after my second round of chemotherapy, I remember taking a shower at night, and as I massaged the shampoo into my hair, strands of hair wrapped around my fingers and went down the drain. To my horror, I would gently tug a long piece of hair and it would painlessly fall out. One piece, two, three and then whole chunks were coming out as I brushed my hair. Every pillow I laid on and chair I sat on would be covered with dead hair.

The next night I decided to just close my eyes and comb out the dead hair. It was horrifying to watch fistfuls tossed into the trash. As if cancer hadn’t already robbed me of enough, the bitch was now after my hair! After a week, most of my hair was gone, and I had serious thinning. I could no longer recognize the bald figure staring back in the mirror. Most women facing cancer would tell you the sight is depressing.

Thankfully, I have good health insurance that covered the cost of a wig. Some women don’t have the same benefit, and wigs are expensive costing up to $2000. Many women, especially those struggling to cover health care bills, cannot afford the cost of a quality wig. That’s why I decided to raise money and donate free high quality Cap Wigs to women and children fighting cancer.

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