According to Breast Cancer Org (2014) hair loss occurs when chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. The Hair follicles, structures in the skin are filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, which are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. As the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Generally, within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair. If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic: clumps in your hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on your pillow. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms.
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Our mission is supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. We provide supportive services to underserved communities comprised of uninsured and low-income patients.
Our focus is to bring awareness to health disparities among uninsured and low-income families who can’t afford treatment both locally and abroad. Access to cancer treatment in medically underserved communities is essential for individuals diagnosed with cancer who are likely to face the probability of a financial burden due to treatment cost. Committing to serve as a community resource is distributed through a network of volunteers, service agencies, and programs that serve our target population groups.
Hatz 4 Hearts is a foundation created to support cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. As a token of love, we provide hats, head coverings, and HOPE to patients currently experiencing hair loss.