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‘A little bit of sunshine’ for those fighting cancer

Mr. Leon’s and Gritman work together to provide styled wigs to cancer patients

(Photo contributed by Mr. Leon’s School of Hair Design.)

Lisa Salisbury, owner of Mr. Leon’s School of Hair Design in downtown Moscow, witnessed firsthand in 1995 the cruelty of cancer as it stole her father, Leon Cover, when he was just 53 years old.

She knows just how exhausting and difficult the battle against cancer can be and how even what may seem like the tiniest of gestures can make a monumental difference to those fighting for their lives.

That’s why Lisa and her students at Mr. Leon’s have volunteered to style wigs for the Wagner Whole New You Room at Gritman Medical Center. The students have already styled numerous wigs that are available free of charge. Those fighting cancer can also bring their own wigs in or pick out an un-styled wig at Gritman and have it styled to their liking at Mr. Leon’s, all at no charge.

“We are just hoping we can make things a little bit easier for them – bring a little bit of sunshine into their lives,” Lisa said. “We thought it would be really nice to donate our services as a school and have our students clean and style all of those wigs for free and allow the people in our community who need to be fitted for a wig or learn how to take care of a wig to be able to come into the school and we can help them with that.”

Thanks to the Gritman Foundation and generous donations, the Wagner Whole New Room provides hats, scarves, turbans, wigs and prosthetics at no cost to cancer patients. Call Volunteer Services at 208-883-5520 or the Gritman Foundation at 208-883-6321 for more information.

To learn more about how Gritman supports those fighting cancer, go to gritman.org/cancer-resource-center.

The Wagner Whole New You Room