Marking a Million

Wigs for Kids BC has reached a major milestone, surpassing $1 million and providing hundreds of eligible children with cancer and other serious illnesses with free wigs.

It all began in 2006 when a group of friends raised money to buy a teenage girl a wig for her high school graduation. They hoped to raise $3,000 – the amount needed to purchase a human hair wig – but soon realized they could help many more children after their fundraiser topped $24,000.

Ten years later, the volunteer committee continues to raise funds for wigs as well as medications and feeding supplies not covered by BC’s medical plan. The program has also garnered support from other caring individuals in the community, especially children who are keen to support the cause through hair donations and fundraising.

The support available through Wigs for Kids reduces much of the financial burden for families, allowing parents to focus on their child rather than spending time and energy worrying about money, and helps children and teens regain their confidence after treatment.

“My wig was a huge confidence boost for me. I was no longer worried about people looking at me with a sense of pity,” says Diba Sanatgar, a patient at BC Children’s Hospital. “I could just go out there, be myself and make friends.”

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