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Founded in 2012 in Bethesda, MD, Lolly’s Locks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality wigs to cancer patients suffering hair loss as a side-effect of chemotherapy.We were founded to honor the memory of Lolly Toll. Lolly’s Locks works with wig-providers across the country to serve a diverse population of cancer patients because we know cancer has no boundaries. In just four years, we have provided wigs to over 475 women in 47 states.
Hair loss is one of the most psychologically detrimental side-effects of cancer. High-quality wigs are undetectable and comfortable. Lolly’s Locks is committed to helping cancer patients maintain a sense of normalcy, dignity, and privacy. Looking good is intrinsically connected to feeling well, and is an important aspect of the healing process. In addition to being a daunting health foe, cancer is a formidable financial opponent, and high-quality wigs can be exceptionally expensive and are typically not covered by insurance. Patients face mounting medical bills and copays, loss of wages, increased childcare costs, and many other unanticipated expenses. Despite the health benefits, high-quality wigs are often relegated to the status of luxury.
Most adult cancer patients who cannot afford a quality wig are forced to rely on wig banks that stock refurbished, used, or very cheap wigs meant to be a temporary solution. Such programs can be an important resource, but the patients who seek to use them are faced with an extremely limited selection, often comprised of wigs that look nothing like their pre-cancer hair, and that do not even fit properly. While there are multiple organizations whose missions’ are to grant hair prostheses to children experiencing medical hair loss,Lolly’s Locks is the only organization dedicated to providing customized wigs to adult cancer patients at no cost.