One month before her wedding, Kristen Berset-Harris felt a hard lump in her breast and thought “not again.” Instead of retreating to fight cancer alone, Berset-Harris, a TV anchor in Washington, D.C., announced to viewers that she would be taking a leave of absence to fight her second bout of breast cancer.
But Berset-Harris didn’t retreat to the shadows. As she spent time recovering with her husband and two stepdaughters, she had a chance to reflect on who she was and what she wanted to be in life. While recovering, she interviewed and accepted her dream job–hosting Great Day Washington on WUSA 9 in August 2017.
This year, we are proud to welcome her as the evening’s host for The Hair Affair on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at The Carnegie Institution for Science from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. A lightly edited Q&A follows.
Lolly’s Locks, a nonprofit that provides high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients, is pleased to announce that Kristen Berset-Harris, Host of Great Day Washington on WUSA9, will host the 6th annual DC Gala, The Hair Affair DC, to be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at The Carnegie Institution for Science at 1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Lolly’s Locks, a nonprofit that provides high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients, is pleased to announce that nurse, freelance writer, and reluctant member of the breast cancer club, Heather Caro, will be the Honored Guest & Speaker at the 6th annual DC Gala, The Hair Affair DC, to be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at The Carnegie Institution for Science at 1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Thank you for participating in Lolly’s Locks’ Dream Jamaican Vacation Raffle to win 7 Nights at the Allamanda Villa in Montego Bay. The raffle was drawn on November 2, 2017. We are so excited to announce the winner, David H. from Washington, DC! Congrats to David, you are headed to Jamaica!
Dream Jamaican Vacation Raffle
7-Night Stay at the Fabulous, Fully-Staffed, Five-Star Allamanda Villa in Montego Bay
Vacation package is worth an estimated $10,000 which includes 7 nights overlooking the water in the gorgeous, meticulously maintained Allamanda Villa staffed with a personal butler, chef, sous chef, maid, laundress, gardener, and night manager. Beach membership to the exclusive Round Hill resort also included. House sleeps 10 adults or 8 adults and 4 children. Only valid Saturday October 20, 2018 to Saturday October 27, 2018.
Visit The Allamanda Villa website to see more about this stunning villa!
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Lolly’s Locks, a nonprofit that provides high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients, is pleased to announce that hair stylist and salon owner, Mara Roszak, will host Lolly’s Locks’ 5th Annual DC Night of Fashion on Thursday, May 18th at The Watergate Hotel. Read More
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Lolly’s Locks, a nonprofit that provides high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients, is pleased to announce that Jessica DeCristofaro, author of Talk Cancer to Me, will be the Honored Guest & Speaker at Lolly’s Locks’ 5th Annual DC Night of Fashion on Thursday, May 18th at The Watergate Hotel. Read More
This post was written by one of our recipients, Aleah, from Santee, CA.
Reflecting on all I’ve been through, I am still in such awe of the great kindness that Lolly’s Locks has brought to me! It really gave me a boost of confidence and hope when I was drowning in a pool of fear. I had to keep working full time through my treatment to keep my health insurance, and I had no idea how that was going to go once I lost all my hair from chemo. Luckily, my new Lolly’s Locks wig had arrived just as my hair was coming out in clumps and I had chosen to buzz the rest off. “Normal” is a word that I think every cancer patient clings to…you just want to feel normal again! My wig allowed me to feel normal, go through my day, and be at work without that stamp of “Cancer Patient” all over me. I can’t explain how comforting it feels to have some little piece of control throughout your cancer treatment (since everything else seems so completely out of your control!). With my wig, I was able to determine when, where, and IF I felt like revealing my cancer status…my bald head didn’t do it for me! That seems like a small thing, but for me it was really huge.
Since treatment has ended, I am starting to feel better and get back to “Normal” life (there’s that word again!). My real hair has grown back in a bit (although I can’t wait until it’s as luxurious and long as my wig was!) and I’m trying to put cancer in the rearview mirror and live anew. I want to let every woman going through something similar to know that it IS possible, you CAN get through everything! I am so grateful to organizations like Lolly’s Locks who encourage us to keep going forward in our lives despite this illness…there’s no reason why we have to hide ourselves away! Get out there and live life!
Thanks, as always, for everything you guys do.
p.s. The side by side photo is me with my delightful wig last year, and me now that my real hair is growing back! Now if we can just get the real hair to look more like the wig hair 😉
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Lolly’s Locks, a nonprofit that provides high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients, is pleased to announce that Kate Pankoke of Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars, will be the fashion partner showing her collection from her line, Elaya Vaughn at Lolly’s Locks’ DC Night of Fashion on Thursday, May 18th at The Watergate Hotel. Pankoke will collaborate with Lolly’s Locks’ wig partner, Shevy Wigs, in order to present a wig-centric fashion show with the purpose of showing just how undetectable and beautiful a high-quality wig can truly be.
On Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 Lolly’s Locks held its 3rd Annual NYC Night of Fashion at Flash Factory NY.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Founder of The Moms, Co-Host of The MOMS with Denise & Melissa on SiriusXM Stars, and Breast Cancer Survivor
HONORED GUEST & SPEAKER
Celebrity Brow & Beauty Guru, Author of Ramy Gafni’s Beauty Therapy: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Great While Living With Cancer and How to Fake Real Beauty, and Creator of RAMY Cosmetics
FASHION SHOW PARTNER
Couture Designer, Luxury Brand, Project Runway Winner, and Philanthropist
Photo Credit: Andrew Werner Photograpy
This post was written by one of our recipients, Natalie, from Philadelphia, PA.
When I turned 50 in June 2015, I was convinced that it was not only my MILESTONE birthday, but my year to SHINE! Philadelphia born and raised, I have always aspired to be an author and have two self-published novels under my belt. I was more than determined to write that THIRD, which would be my BEST-SELLER, my PULITZER PRIZE masterpiece – the one that would take my LIFE to even greater heights! So not only had I reached a milestone age, I would make people take notice of my God-given talents and abilities – once and for all!