MONTGOMERY – Women suffering from health-related hair loss will get a complimentary wig as part of “Bold, Beautiful, and Beyond Cancer”— a wig giveaway presented by Councilman Oronde K. Mitchell (District 6), in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Beauty & Beyond, The Strategic Group, Women of W.I.L.L, Young Men on a Mission, and the City of Montgomery Parks & Recreation.

Losing one’s hair during chemotherapy to treat cancer can be just as traumatic as battling the disease itself. Chemotherapy is also used to treat other medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia and lupus. While there is no harsh treatment involved, conditions such as alopecia areata also cause hair loss. Changes in appearance can add to an already stressful situation to those managing health-related issues and those managing these issues alongside them.

“Ten years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer,” Mitchell shares. “My mother was a real fighter, driving herself to her chemotherapy treatment three times a week. However, as my mother started to lose her hair, some of her fight started to leave as well. We had to come up with something that we could do to make her feel beautiful again. So, we decided to purchase my mother a wig. That restored that fight back into her life and the determination to beat cancer. Although she is no longer with us, I know how important that wig was to my mother. Because of this, I want to honor her and other women battling hair loss by partnering with other community leaders to give away 100 free wigs with wig stands. It is my hope that this small gesture will help give these warriors that extra fight and restored faith.”

The event will take place on October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Armory Athletics located at 1018 Madison Avenue, 36104. CDC guidance for community events will be implemented and the host asks that all participants wear face coverings where possible. In accordance with social distancing guidance, there will be limited seating capacity, so please RSVP with Heather Adams, American Cancer Society heather.d.adams@cancer.org.