Celebrity hairstylist Martino Cartier's charity "Friends are By Your Side" is helping thousands of cancer patients get free wigs when other charities are turning them down. Eleven-year-old Kiki Stefani is from outside Philadelphia, who is the perfect example of how the system is failing. She's had cancer for the last 3-years and her mother hasn't been able to get her a wig. She would love to share her story with you.
One of the biggest complaints about popular hair replacement organizations is that they actually charge cancer patients for wigs. That makes getting a wig expensive and time consuming. People are forced to fill out forms and submit their tax returns to prove a legitimate hardship.
The problem is that people suffering from cancer may have money in the bank but they are often spending a fortune on expensive co-payments and experimental treatments that aren't covered by insurance. The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and Cartier feels it's their responsibility to give back. People donate hair for free - he feels charities should give it away for free too.
Kiki was diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was 8-years-old. She's now 11 and in middle school where being bald is embarrassing and she is often mistaken for a boy. Her mother has been turned down by every major charity and hospital until she found Friends Are By Your Side, a network of 300 salons in 4-different countries that provide wigs for free. Cartier helps each salon set up a fund so that women and children can walk in off the street and leave with a full head of hair.
For more information, visit www.friendsarebyyourside.com.
HELP KIKI MEET JUSTIN BIEBER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyFPXQb7Mhg&feature=player_embedded
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INFO: http://www.cancer.org
The American Cancer Society offers brand new free wigs for cancer patients undergoing treatment. No financial requirements needed. Female cancer patients can call 1-800-227-2345 and schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation to be fitted for a free new wig of their choice.
Consultations take place at American Cancer Society regional offices, including the Society's Manhattan office located at 132 W. 32nd Street NY, NY . Patients are also given accessories such as a hat, scarf, wig cap or turban.
Charity 'Friends are By Your Side' Offers Free Wigs To Cancer Patients
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