Hair to help: Assisting cancer patients, one head at a time



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Tucked away on a small lot in Greenwood is a quaint house where Fran Barnett has run her business for 14 years.

Located on Madison Avenue, the tiny dwelling welcomes its guests with a colorful scarecrow that stands proudly at the front door and vibrant flowers that await the lurking frost. From the roadway, Barnett’s sign tells passers-by what her specialty is. She helps both women and men find a wig that is just right for them. She owns and operates Wigs We Care.

Barnett has been a hairstylist for five decades. She recalls seeing people pass through her shop well over a decade ago who were battling cancer. Many were seeking answers and reassurance that the monumental problems they faced could somehow be overcome. She saw a real need to start a business that would help people as they faced the most challenging of times.

People of all ages come to Barnett’s shop. From tots to the elderly, clients come looking for answers. Their appearances have changed. How does one deal with that?

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