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Wig Rack at Yale New Haven Hospital

Posted by:   Caitlin on Oct 17, 2013
Town:         Ridgefield
Troop:        50522

What issue did your Take Action project address?
The loss of cancer patients hair. It is an important part of any persons life even though it may not seem so and to a cancer patient losing hair is a traumatic experience. A wig helps dull the trauma by making the patient look more normal.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
It was to put a wig rack(a basket with wigs in it) into Smillow Cancer Center at Yale hospital. My project allowed cancer patients to try on wigs and hats when they are getting treatment so they can save time, see what they want to do when their hair falls out and have a little excitement while waiting for Chemo. It involves all the patients(kids) at the Smillow Cancer Center and the Centers Child Life who helped me set it up.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
My results were great by raising money and asking for donations I collected a total of 20 hats/scarves and 10 wigs. This affects the community because it is something huge for a cancer patient and it gives them hope for the time when they will not have hair. It also makes it easier for them because they cannot go many places because of their low blood counts. So my project saves one step in the patients very hard lives.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned a lot from this experience and one of the main things was that people like to help you when you are doing something good. I had many people donate wigs and money which is what made my project a success. I also learned that little things are very important to different people, I wouldn't have thought a wig makes such a difference but once you experience situations that make you aware you see how important it is.

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