• Pamela Froman

My Fairy Godfather's at Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

It was truly a fairytale for cancer patients at Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara's "My Fairy Godfather's" Wig Styling event. Taking place on April 5, Florida-based salon owners Steven Anderson and Andrew Ashton presented fabulous makeovers, styling tips and custom haircuts on the beautiful wigs that they donated for 25 women and girls who were losing or had already lost their hair due to cancer treatments. The “Fairy Godfather's” have been in the beauty business since their early 20’s and have developed a strong sense of style and a sixth sense when it comes to making women feel beautiful.

The stunning wigs were on prominent display with colors varying from deep chestnut to platinum blonde. Steven and Andrew even did light makeup to complete the new looks. The stylings truly made these women feel gorgeous from the inside and out. Friends and family joined in to see the results and provide support.

This is the first event of this kind at Cancer Support Community VVSB. Each participant had a 30-minute appointment to pick their new wig and get it customized especially for them. As well, 25 additional wigs were donated to Olive View County Hospital in Sylmar.

“We were so pleased with this idea,” says Program Director, Kayo Matsumoto. “Losing hair is traumatic and emotional for people with cancer. Here at Cancer Support Community we want to boost self esteem, help cancer patients enjoy life, and have some fun.”

The Cancer Support Community is a not-for-profit organization that provides free psychological and social support for people with cancer and their families. Services include professionally facilitated weekly and bi-weekly support groups like Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Gynecological Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, and more, as well as stress management programs, and educational workshops. There are also Mind and Body Programs like Gentle Yoga, Relaxation and Guided Imagery, Beginning Tai Chi, and Meditation. As well, cancer patients can get their mind off their diagnoses with social events like Comedy Night, where laughter really is the best medicine, and creative pursuits like watercolor classes and knitting clubs.

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is a nonprofit that began 26 years ago as The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura and serves about 3,000 local residents affected by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and into the San Fernando Valley. All support groups, mind body classes and individual counseling are absolutely free.

The high-end wigs at the "My Fairy Godfather's" event came from the Iman collection, in all colors and textures. Each piece can be purchased on the HSN channel for $400 apiece, but the women at the event got theirs for free! This was such a heart-warming event, and everyone at Cancer Support Community did everything they could to volunteer and make this amazing day happen. Custom styling of the wigs truly make them appear more natural, and the event was festive, fun and inspiring.

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara supports individuals with cancer who want to improve the quality of their lives and be active partners along with their physicians and healthcare teams. Their friends, support-givers, and loved ones also come to participate in programs specially designed for them. People who have had cancer and have completed medical treatments can also attend to maintain their health while focusing on survivorship issues. No physician’s referral is needed. To start with, come to one of two Orientation/Newcomers Meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm and Fridays at 10am.

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