If you or someone you love can’t afford a wig, you’re in luck. Several reputable organizations provide free wigs to individuals in need.
American Cancer Society
Many local chapters of the American Cancer Society (ACS) provide free wigs through their wig banks. In order to determine if a chapter near you is donating wigs, visit the official ACS office locator here.
The ACS has also teamed with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to distribute free wigs donated by the Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths campaign. Relying on ponytail donations from women across the country, the campaign creates the wigs and distributes them to ACS wig banks located across the country. If you are interested in obtaining a free wig, contact ACS at 1-877-227-1596.
CancerCare, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing completely free and professional support services to cancer patients and anyone affected by the disease, offers wigs at no charge. Take advantage of this service by contacting CancerCare here.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Women with limited resources can take advantage of the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization’s wig and prosthesis bank. This service provides up to 500 wigs annually to patients, along with wig care and styling tips and a 24 hour phone hotline. These services are made free thanks to the support of the organization’s donors. If you’re interested in receiving a free wig, contact Y-ME’s 24 hour hotline at 1-800-221-2141 to speak with a peer counselor.
Duke Cancer Patient Support Program
The Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups for patients at the hospital and within the local community. Among them is the Wig and Turban Program, which offers free wigs in various styles and colors, as well as turbans and hats (also provided at no charge to the patient).
The Duke program is just one example of hundreds of similar programs across the country (another is the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Wig Bank Program).To find out if a facility near you offers a free hairpiece service, contact your local ACS chapter or community hospital for further information.
Wigs for Kids
Children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive a wig free of charge from Wigs for Kids. This non-profit organization relies on the donation of ponytails to create wigs for children. To request a free wig, simply fill out the form located here.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Many local chapters of Susan G. Komen for the Cure offer wigs free of charge to patients. To find a Komen affiliate in your area, visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Affiliate locator.
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