Lily’s Hope Helps Women Affected by Illness Look Stylish

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Melissa Ann Paduano, breast cancer survivor, wears one of the wigs donated by Lily’s Hope Wig Shop, located at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center.
Melissa Ann Paduano, breast cancer survivor, wears one of the wigs donated by Lily’s Hope Wig Shop, located at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center.

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Lily’s Hope—a wig shop founded to give wigs to women living in Chautauqua County who are undergoing cancer treatment or have a medical condition that results in hair loss – invites women to receive a complimentary wig, turban or scarf provided by the caring women of the Zonta Club of Jamestown. Zonta has also expanded their donations to provide camisoles for lumpectomy/mastectomy patients at WCA Hospital. For more information, visit https://www.wcahospital.org/lilyshop.php.
Lily’s Hope got its name from Lily Olson, past President of the Zonta Club of Jamestown, whose vision began from a conversation with a friend who drove patients long distances to obtain a wig. “Lily quickly recognized that there was an unmet need in the community. She approached Zonta members to see if there was a possibility to open a wig shop close to home to give women access to hair coverings. We are delighted to state that our club members took Lily’s dream seriously. It echoed Zonta’s mission to advance the status of women. To the delight and support of many, Lily’s Hope was born! Since we opened our doors five years ago, we have had the good fortune to fit hundreds of women with free wigs, turbans, hats and other fashionable head coverings,” stated Rosanna Papalia, PR chair and president-elect of the Jamestown Zonta Club.
“It wasn’t until one of our club members heard about another service at a district Zonta directors’ meeting last year that the idea of providing camisoles to lumpectomy/mastectomy patients came to life. The service committee brought it up to our club and we voted to start offering them through Lily’s Hope,” said Ellen Munella, co-chair of the Zonta Club of Jamestown’s service committee and 2015-2016 Zontian of the Year. “Until now, patients would pay for their own camisoles,” Munella added. “There are no seams to irritate incisions and there are four pockets for prosthetics and drainage tubes. These are velcroed in so the garments can be worn without the devices when no longer needed. We thought this would be a great addition to the wigs we already provide. It gives people an added boost of self-esteem and the confidence to carry them through their journey.”
Betsy T. Wright FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO adds, “We are proud to partner with such a gracious, giving, and wonderful community-minded group that continues its efforts in providing an added measure of healing for our patients diagnosed with illness.”
Lily’s Hope is hosting a public open house on Thursday, November 5th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at its conveniently located wig shop just steps inside the WCA Cancer Treatment Center at Jones Memorial Health Center, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown (directly behind WCA Occupational Health Services). If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a medical condition and suffering from hair loss, schedule an appointment to be fitted for a wig or hair covering at Lily’s Hope, by contacting Toni DeAngelo, R.N., Lily’s Hope facilitator at (716) 664-8677.