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New salon gives fresh look to women diagnosed with cancer

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The start of this meeting can be tough for many women diagnosed with cancer.

"It's a very hard part of the disease. So when they come to me, they tell me what color they have in mind and what style they have in mind and I fit them," says wig fitter Lynn Norman.

Women, like Allison Beck, are losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. Beck recently went to the Cancer Support Community Group of the Greater Lehigh Valley office on Marcon Boulevard in Hanover Township to visit Norman and get a "new" look by taking part in the wig program.

The wig program is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community Group. Since October, 300 wigs have been given to women free of charge and the group is unveiling a new space in Allentown thanks to a charitable donation. 

It looks more like a salon complete with mirrors, a couch and the comfort of feeling normal. Not every style is perfect, but with some adjusting, and a little brushing, these women are seeing the person they're used to seeing before treatment.

"Cancer takes away a lot and it's always unexpected. No one expects to get cancer," said Beck.

The new salon is now open, and the hope is when the women leave they will return to the office to take advantage of other services offered, and not let cancer control them.

"This is not what's going to define me. I'm still me, so the little things I can do to make me feel more like me...'cause I don't feel like me. " said Beck.

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