Self-Empowerment Through Self-Image:
Hair, Skin & Nails
Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO, Licensed Cosmetologist, Hair Restoration Specialist
Self-empowerment through self-image sessions help our kids deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. We provide skin care and make-up education, application and tools to take home and utilize during their health challenges.
Renee Consiglio, Licensed Nail Technician, Salon Coordinator
Nail care is important, especially when our children with cancer are not able to visit a regular nail salon due to being immune-compromised. Cuticles cannot be cut, however we can offer nail cleansing & polishing services in our nail suite.
VR 4 Kids Program
Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan in partnership with VRforHealth is participating in a VR 4 Kids Program pilot project. We believe that our VR 4 Kids Program offers physical, emotional, social & psychological therapeutic experiences. Learn more: click here.
Raised Therapy Garden Project
Our raised therapy garden offers our wig recipients & families a safe, socially-distant place to grow vegetables & herbs that they will cook and enjoy in healthy meal planning classes. You can learn about this important part of our programming by visiting this page: click here
Please make a contribution toward our Raised Therapy Garden here:
Damien Buchkowski, Pediatric Oncology Dietician
Our clinical nutritionist is a wonderful resource for families who assists them one-on-one if necessary or in a group setting where children learn hands-on participation in their own wellness plans.
Fitness & Massage Therapy
Mary DeRidder, RN, Degree in Exercise Science, Massage Therapist
Exercise is an important component of the healing process for our kids, especially if they are undergoing treatment for cancer. Our fitness center is the perfect place to workout at your own pace and learn about building your strength. We also offer massage therapy including oncology massage.
Educational Support Services
The Educational Support Team strives to give children and young adults the opportunity to meet other kids going through similar health challenges and build camaraderie with their peers by offering activities & classes which boost self-esteem. Activities are available in the early evenings and weekends throughout the year.
Art, Beading & Music Therapy
Cat Massof, Beading Therapist
Dan Melendez, Art Therapist
Jeanne Barrett, Music Therapist
Art and music therapy classes are designed to help manage stress, offer pain relief, express feelings, foster socialization & communication with other children and improve physical rehabilitation. Beading classes offer our kids and their families the opportunity to express themselves and be creative in an affirming, social setting.
Field trips promote education and socialization for our kids & families in fun settings. The majority of our trips are held in the summer as children tend to isolate and need the camaraderie of their peers.
Medical Support Services
Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids Medical Support Team evaluates the needs of our children; graciously volunteering their time and expertise to make a difference. Most importantly, they are also licensed and accredited social workers and grief & loss counselors.
Medical Support Team
Kimberly Mercier, Oncology Social Worker (LMSW) - Director of Services
Stuart Nathan, Physician's Assistant
Mary DeRidder, RN and Exercise Science
Brittany Postill, W4K Social Worker
Social Workers & Child Life Specialists
Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan social workers support families with their adjustment from diagnosis of cancer or other disorders leading to hair loss. They assist our families through treatment plans and also survivorship for those who have lost loved ones due to cancer.
Child life specialists help our kids confront fears & concerns associated with their health challenges. Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan successfully implements play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and helps our families cope with the emotional, social & psychological side effects of hair loss.
Pastoral & Spiritual Care
Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan works closely with a chaplain to integrate the spiritual needs of our kids and their families into their plan of healing, as faith impacts their outlook during treatment. Individual, group and grief & loss counseling is available.
Special Opportunity - Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine is located in Casco, Maine and through the kindness & generosity of our corporate sponsor Tropical Smoothie Cafe, wig recipients & families are able to participate in their activities. Follow their website to learn more - click the logo.