City of Hope Stories:
Part 1

The City of Hope Positive Image Center is dedicated to helping cancer patients preserve their sense of self throughout their treatment by providing oncology-trained, licensed cosmetologists who can help minimize the visual side effects of cancer. They also offer custom wig fittings, product consultations and complimentary haircuts and head shaves. To learn more about the impact these services have on someone fighting cancer, we talked to a former patient—who still makes regular visits to her stylist, Cassie, for advice on how to style her hair as it grows out. As a reminder, $5 from each Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray purchase made through July 27th will benefit the Positive Image Center. You can also donate directly to City of Hope here or learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Tell us about your experience at City of Hope. How did you learn about it?

My doctor from another hospital told me he knew someone at City of Hope that would help me better than he could.  And I also have a close friend that works at City of Hope.

What services did you have done at the Positive Image Center?

Cassie shaved my head for me when my hair was falling out, also fitted me for a really cute wig.  She showed me how to wear and how to tie scarves. 

How did your experience at the Positive Image Center shape your outlook?

My experience was tremendous.  It helped me have hope and stay positive.  Cassie told me what to expect throughout my treatment. My last chemo therapy treatment was January 2019, and I’m still coming in for advice on what to do with my hair as its growing back. 

What do you wish more people knew about fighting cancer? What do you wish you had known?

Your attitude has a lot to do with your healing process.  I wish people knew that there are a lot of resources and classes to help you through your cancer journey.

How can people best support their friends and family who are fighting cancer?

There’s not a lot friends and family can say or do, but the main thing is to be supportive. Show them you care and give positive reinforcement.  Be knowledgeable.  My friends would keep me busy. They’d come over with games to take my mind off of everything. 

*Moroccanoil is making a charitable contribution to City of Hope of US $5.00 per product sold pursuant to the promotion during the promotion (up to a maximum of $10,000) period to support City of Hope’s Positive Image Center. The campaign will end at 11:59 pm on July 27th, 2019. City of Hope’s name and logo are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product, service or company.