After a project which taught cosmetology students how to make wigs, they began discussing how they could get involved in serving their community. Students proposed the idea of VC Wigs of Love, an initiative where Cosmetology students make wigs for women undergoing breast cancer treatment and invite the women into their salon to have their new wig cut and styled.
“It has been so neat watching our students love what they’re learning and become inspired to use that to help others,” says Virginia College in Birmingham President Dale Turner. “Breast cancer has affected our Virginia College family recently, too, so it has been a real honor to be able to contribute to the cause.”
Clinical Coordinator for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Charlena Manning was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing treatment.
“These students are incredible,” says Manning. “I cannot even begin to express my gratitude. A gesture like this brings so much hope to a difficult journey. It brought tears to my eyes to not only receive a beautiful wig, but to have these students take the time to have me into the salon to cut and style the wig just how I liked.”
After presenting the first wig to Manning, students have started looking for local churches and organizations to partner with so that they can continue making wigs and growing this initiative.