Founded by Flathead Valley local Amy Nadeau, The Healing Hair is a nonprofit organization that produces women’s wigs for cancer patients who are in the midst of chemotherapy treatment.
According to Nadeau, hair loss in women is devastating to both the emotional health and self-image of a patient, and can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and feelings of loss of control.
“Healing Hair’s mission is to improve the lives of those affected by hair loss in their healing process by providing them with a sense of confidence and positive self image by using their own hair to create the highest quality prostheses,” explained Nadeau on her website.
Nadeau started The Healing Hair after a friend afflicted with breast cancer asked that her braids be cut off and attached to the inside of a hat. Nadeau developed a Velcro system that allowed the cancer patient to fasten her braids to various caps that, when worn, gave the patient an invaluable sense of normalcy. The positive result of this project prompted Nadeau to found her organization in order to give comfort to other cancer patients.
Nadeau hopes to expand her operation and is in the process of raising $35,000 to make that dream a reality.
“I have come to FundRazr to raise the capital necessary to start manufacturing a retail product that can reach more people than I am currently able to help,” said Nadeau, referring to FundRazr.com, a free, online fundraising webpage she is utilizing to raise money and awareness.
Nadeau also organized a local fundraiser that will take place Wednesday, June 12 at Haskill Station in Whitefish. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public. The evening will feature music by artist Nick Spear and is sponsored by iComfort Village, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide comfort for the sick and injured. A portion of the proceeds from the restaurant at Haskill Station will also be donated to the cause.
On her FundRazr page, Nadeau provides a detailed breakdown of how donation funds will be allocated. For example, $15,000 will be directed to advertising and the creation of an official webpage, while $7,400 will be used to travel to, and participate in, medical trade shows, providing Nadeau the opportunity to solicit potential investors. An additional $5,000 in donations will go to attaining a proper patent and $7,600 will be invested in the expansion of The Healing Hair workshop. As an experienced carpenter, Nadeau plans to do the construction herself and only seeks to cover the cost of materials.
“At The Healing Hair, we believe in the power of community, we believe in neighbors helping neighbors. From the cancer patients, to their families and friends, and all of us at The Healing Hair, we appreciate your support. Thank you!” concluded Nadeau.
The Healing Hair FundRazr site can be found at fundrazr.com/campaigns/fOxBc
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