One of the hardest decisions Jen made after being diagnosed with breast cancer was to go through with chemotherapy treatments. Aside from her own personal beliefs about traditional western medicine, she did not want to appear to be impacted by this disease and invite questions about her general health. Not many people knew of her diagnosis and she intentionally kept that information private because she did not want people to worry about her.
As with many women who are faced with the decision of undergoing chemotherapy, Jen was concerned about hair loss during the treatments. Through her research, she found that there was a way to help keep her hair by using a technique with cold caps, which was already being widely used in Europe. The use of cold caps in the U.S. is growing, but it is a treatment not yet covered by many insurance companies. Jen was fortunate enough to be able to afford the cold caps treatments and she was able to keep more than 50% of her hair and maintain her dignity and confidence.
There are many people who are faced with the devastating decision to undergo chemotherapy treatments who would like to keep their hair, but cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs to use cold caps if they elect to use chemotherapy as a treatment. For friends and family who would like to donate to a great cause and provide financial assistance in honor of Jen, we have setup a Crowdrise campaign to collect donations that will go directly to individuals who will undergo chemo and would like to keep their hair through the use of cold caps (any donations above $250 will be tax-deductible).
This is a cause that we know Jen would want to support and if you would like support this effort on behalf of Jen, please go through the Crowdrise site. No pressure at all to donate, but we have received a lot of questions about how one can help and we know Jen would want to help others who are going through a similar situation as her.