In 2005, Chemo Beanies Co-Founder, Angelle Albright was just 38 years old with 3 small children when she was given a 34% chance of surviving breast cancer. The diagnosis itself was a heartbreaker, but the idea of losing her figure and hair was absolutely heart-wrenching. Her locks of long curly hair were her signature, but faking her exotic hair with a wig in 2005 was not possible.
The struggle to find good-looking, good-fitting head covers just didn’t exist. Scarves were costly, had to be tied, and refused to stay in place. Her search caused her more anxiety than she could handle. She lost her dignity and mostly went bald or lived in a comfy bandana that left many parts of her head exposed. Five years later, Angelle beat cancer.
In 2010, her sister was diagnosed, and she refused to let her suffer the same frustration. She came up with the perfect solution to ease the added burden of baldness for others. Along with her niece, they designed, developed, and patented, a simple, yet, stylish alternative to old-fashioned scarf-tying and your grandmother’s turban.
The goal was to provide one simple solution that would take the anxiety out of the search. An easy, slip-on solution that provides full coverage with a proprietary level of elastic bands in the back, that always keeps it comfortably in place. The built-in neck scarf was designed to invoke the feeling of having hair, without a large knot on the back of their head for long afternoons in the chemo chair. Women should be free to focus on their healthcare, not their headwear. Each Style is named after a warrior who inspired us along the way.
For more information about Angelle’s story and to purchase your own Chemo Beanie, please visit www.chemobeanies.com.
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