“You are absolutely a Godsend! I was so desperate to find someone who could provide a wig for my sister. Luckily, my daughter found your charity on the internet. You certainly steered us in the right direction! Jean walked out of the salon with the perfect wig that made her feel good about herself again. She asked to go to see friends. No one could tell it was a wig! What a wonderful day! She even put on lipstick at dinner.”

-Vivian, Shadyside

“Thank you, thank you, and thank you a million times over. I am so grateful for your donation for my new “do”. One of the hardest things about this is losing my hair. It’s not about being vain; it’s more of a constant reminder that I’m sick. I might not be feeling sick one day but one look in the mirror and cancer is staring back at me! So thank you for helping me cope with my most difficult part along my journey with cancer. I feel like the luckiest person alive right now because of the help you have provided to me.”

-Kami, South Hills

I accompanied a friend of mine, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, to your Hair Peace Women’s Circle. I found it to be a very powerful group of strength, care, concern, friendship and spirituality. I am grateful for the help you have given to my dear friend.”

-Ruth, Pittsburgh

“Being single and trying to make ends meet, the gift for the wig has lifted a large burden. Thank you too for the information. I feel like I have some control again over cancer. I have 2 children and a grandson I want to be here to see grow old. Thank you!”

-Sherry, Penn Hills

“When I got word I would lose my hair I was devastated and thought “not my beautiful hair”. One of the wonderful nurses told me about Hair Peace Charities. Thanks to you I was able to get a great looking wig that everyone thinks is my own hair. Without Hair Peace, it would be one more unpleasant experience to remind me I have cancer. Thank you for your compassion.”

-Sandi, Gibsonia

“A special note to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done for me. I could not see my hairbrush for so much hair coming out. Once I got the wig you helped me to buy, I was a new person. It made me feel pretty again so I could go out in confidence.”

-Esther, Cranberry Township

“Thank you for the books that provided so much information, the prayers and mediation book was of great comfort. I also especially enjoyed the notes of prayer, well wishing and concern from people I did not even know who took time to send thoughtful cards. These expressions of kindness helped me to realize I was not alone.”

-Helen, Scott Township

“Before I had cancer, I never knew about Hair Peace Charities but now it is close to my heart. My girlfriends had a party for me when I finished treatments. They collected donations and told me to give it to a charity and yours came to mind first. I want to pay it forward so more women will be blessed with your kindness. I know, because I was one of them.”

-Brenda, Hampton

412.327.5177

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Cancer Treatment Info

Feeling tired?
Your body may be telling you that it needs protein, which helps to rebuild damaged body tissue. Protein can be found in fish, lean meat, eggs, soy, beans…you can even try peanut butter on toast!
And exercise when you can – walk for a half-hour!

Did you know?

If you have a metallic taste in your mouth after chemo – eat a pickle! It will change the chemistry in your taste buds and you will get your appetite back!

If you take radiation treatments they may tell you not to wear deodorant. You can in fact wear deodorant, as long as it does not have metallic flakes in it. Look for “the rock” crystal deodorant in health stores.

If you are getting a mammogram – stop drinking caffeine 24 hours before. Caffeine makes your breast more sensitive and those “slam-ograms” can be a tight squeeze.​

Packing for your “Chemo Bag”. Below you will find a list of items you might want to consider bringing to help you get through your treatments.
  • Blanket/prayer quilt
  • Slippers
  • Books/Kindle and magazines
  • Adult coloring book and pencils
  • Word find books/puzzles books
  • iPad & movies
  • Music
  • EARBUDS
  • Gin-Gins
  • Tissues
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Phone and charger
  • Lunch
  • Ice packs
  • Chair cleaning supplies
  • Neck Pillow
  • Faith & Gratitude Cancer Resource Guide
  • Pictures of family
  • Saltine crackers
  • Deck of cards
  • Hoodie
  • A buddy

Local, State & National Support for Those Diagnosed With Cancer

  • Cancer Bridges (formerly Our Clubhouse & Cancer Caring Center) supports those impacted by cancer through a variety of free programs and services www.cancerbridges.org
  • Cure Magazine- Combining science with humanity, Cure makes cancer understandable http://www.curetoday.com
  • Co-Pay Relief and Prescription Assistance Programs Click here for a listing of national programs
  • National Cancer Assistance Foundations Click here for a listing of national foundations offering financial assistance from co-pay to rent and utility payment assistance
  • Cancer.gov Click here for information from The National Cancer Institute
  • PA Breast Cancer Coalition works in patient support, research and PA government action https://www.pabreastcancer.org/
  • Alliance in Reconstruction Surgery Foundation (AiRS) breast reconstruction grant funding https://airsfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/
  • Young Adult Survivors United Pittsburgh based community for young adult cancer survivors and co-survivors https://www.yasurvivors.org

What Is Hair Peace? 

Hair Peace Charities Helps women and girls, who live in western Pennsylvania with financial assistance to purchase a wig needed due to cancer.  Hair Peace also offers cancer-fighting information, encouragement, and faith with support groups.  Hair Peace Charities will provide up to $200 towards a purchase of a wig.

To Receive Financial Assistance for the purchase of a wig, individuals must speak with Bonny by calling 412-327-5177.  Determination of assistance needed along with a list of supporting salons will be provided at that time. Salons cannot request assistance on behalf of clients.

Hair

Hair Peace Charities helps with the funds to purchase a wig. Cancer treatment is expensive with time off work and copays.

Prayer

We offer to pray for each person who calls for help. Our prayer team also mails cards of encouragement and hope. 

Care

We have the Bridge to Wellness, support groups and information to help while in treatment and beyond.