Children’s Hair Loss Needs is the brainchild of Peggy Knight. She experienced hair loss beginning at age 14. Remembering how devastating that experience was and how cruel some kids can be, she knew she didn’t want other children to experience the same things. She wants to make sure kids can get donated or gifted synthetic hair pieces, so they can experience the self-esteem they deserve.
Our Director of Community Outreach, Zoe Weston, wanted to reach out to children on another level, by providing a virtual platform where children can share their stories with each other, hear from experts, and make friends with others all across the world. All of us at Children’s Hair Loss Needs have a passion for helping children and making sure they can live their best lives.
Our goal is to make sure all qualified children with hair loss receive beautiful synthetic wigs, know they aren’t alone and can get through this, and love themselves for who they are, hair or no hair. Through generous donations and gifted pieces, we will provide a variety of synthetic wigs in several sizes and over a dozen colors.
Children’s Hair Loss Needs also uses the Zoom platform for helping children with hair loss on another level. We call it “Living with Hair Loss”. Living with Hair loss is a supportive virtual community that uses monthly Zoom meetings for children and young adults with all types of hair loss. Zoe Weston, our Director of Community Outreach, acts as moderator and facilitator for these monthly meetings. A variety of topics will be discussed, such as Confidence, Tips/Tricks/Strategies for Wig Care, and Support Systems. Living with Hairloss, allows children and young adults, experiencing hair loss, to connect with others, share their stories, and develop their self-esteem.
Peggy Knight’s personal experience with hair loss is her inspiration and motivation. As a teenager, Knight developed alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss and has no known cause or cure. By age 21, she had lost all of her hair. Now, decades later she is the owner of a hair replacement company. In her own words, “It touches my heart knowing the contribution from Children’s Hair Loss Needs to the children and their families extends way beyond just hair”.
Jodi Becker has been in the education field for over 25 years, working in the K-8 public school system. She has been a teacher, instructional coach, counselor, and an administrator. She is passionate about the mental health, welfare and resiliency of children. Currently, she is a school counselor in the Tempe Elementary School District.