Friday, July 20, 2007

Everyday Heroes: Where There's A Need, Inc.

Four years ago, Cheryl James was inspired to create special haired head scarves by a young girl named Taylor, who suffered hair loss due to a brain aneurysm. Taylor was a second grade student at the time and the loss of her hair caused her to feel ashamed. Where There's A Need, Inc. was born out of this effort, and today, the organization has made several donations to cancer hospitals, hospices and conducts outreach to youth to educate them about community service.

The mission of Where There’s A Need, Inc., based in Jamaica, New York, is to support women and children who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment, as well as individuals with hair loss from other medical conditions.

The hair scarves are unique and give the appearance of a natural hairstyle. The haired head garments can also be an alternative to wearing a wig. There are large selections of head coverings for women, but few for children. Many children are uncomfortable with a wig, but find their product more inviting. Now Taylor is able to go outside and play with her friends, attend school, and go shopping at the mall, and no one will know that the exposed bang is not her real hair.

One program of the organization, The Young Exponents, educates students of all ages on the realization of kids their age with cancer, and how they can make a difference in the lives of these children. They are taught how to make these special head scarves which are then donated to their community.

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For more information, visit the website, Where There's A Need and myspace page, or call toll free at 1-866-803-6095.

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