https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wusas-kristen-berset-is-35-and-has-breast-cancer--again/2017/02/18/7ad9f336-a45b-48cd-a876-62009946e97b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5a1bfbdd3d8c Cancer Discussion

Meet Kristen Berset-Harris: The Host of The Hair Affair DC on May 3

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.
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Cancer Discussion

Meet Heather Caro: The Hair Affair DC’s Honored Guest and Speaker

Heather Caro was a 32 year-old wife and mother of two kids, excited about starting her new job as a nurse in the ICU, when she found a pea-sized lump on her breast.  Her battle with cancer meant she had to miss work, and she hadn’t worked at her current job long enough to qualify for the job protections associated with the Family and Medical Leave Act, so she lost her job and her health insurance.

In the five years since her diagnosis, Caro has become an outspoken advocate for providing safeguards and protections for cancer patients, and her formidable leadership has gotten others’ attention. She opened up for an interview with People Magazine, gave an acclaimed Ted Talk, and is now the honored guest and speaker for Lolly’s Locks’ 6th Annual DC Gala, The Hair Affair DC, on May 3, 2018.

She took some time to answer questions with Lolly’s Locks. A lightly edited Q and A follows.
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Events

Kristen Berset-Harris to Host The Hair Affair DC on May 3rd

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.
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Events

Heather Caro to be Honored at The Hair Affair DC on May 3rd

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.
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Contests

Raffle: Win 7 Nights at the Allamanda Villa in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

Grand Prize

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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Events

Jessica DeCristofaro to be Honored at Lolly’s Locks’ 5th Annual DC Night of Fashion on May 18th

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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

Cancer Discussion

The Power of a Sense of Normalcy

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.

Sincerely,

Aleah

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 😉

Cancer Discussion

Kate Pankoke to Show Elaya Vaughn Collection at Lolly’s Locks’ DC Night of Fashion on May 18th

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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.

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