Sherron and Stacy Hogg watched their mother Sharon Randolph battle breast cancer for two years before succumbing to the disease in 2000.
Seeing the mental, physical, and emotional affects of breast cancer, the two sisters made a commitment to help women “face the life challenges cancer brings, with dignity and wisdom.”
As a result, they founded the Sharon Randolph Foundation in 2004.
“We basically came up with our programs based on what we have been experiencing,” said Stacy.
Focusing on three areas – hair restoration, hardship and an early detection program – the Sharon Randolph Foundation has become one of the premier organizations providing all around care for breast cancer patients.
Stacy trained at the Hair Club for Men, a national organization that provides customized hair loss solutions for men and women, so the sisters can provide hair restoration for women with hair loss caused by chemotherapy treatments.
“We take a mold of the head. and it is sent into production, and there they create a strand-by-strand process into the mold. It is then sent to me, and I fuse it to the scalp,” Stacy said.
“After that, they are able to swim, work out and [once again] experience having hair,” she said. “This helps them with the vibrancy of their lives.”
Application of the hair is known as the “Healing Makeover,” said Sherron. It is a celebration with food, wine and a makeup artist.
While the Hogg Sisters provide hair restoration services, it is not the primary focus of the organization.
“Our mother wore her bald head,” Sherron said. “It was through Stacy’s training that we thought it would be a good way to help.”
The foundation’s Hardship Program provides immediate assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship.
“When our mom was sick she would still go to work. When she couldn’t work anymore she was penalized for working while sick, so she couldn’t get her social security,” Sherron said.
“They told her she had an $800 co-pay. She lost her apartment and everything.”
The sisters say some advocates are forgetting who should really be receiving the help. The Susan G. Coleman Walk for the Cure requires participants to fundraise a certain amount of money to even participate, according to Stacy.
“I would love to take the $1,800 it would take me to do the Susan G. Coleman walk and just put it in the hands of a woman who really needs it. If this makes us a common organization, then so be it,” said Sherron.
“We want big donations, but we want big donations to pour back into the hands of those women who need it.”
They say they are definitely in need of funding so they do not limit the number of people they can help.
The United Charitable Programs (UPC) receives all funds raised by the Sharon Randolph Foundation. Donations can be made at www.sharonrandolphfoundation.org