Alopecia Support Group
We are hosting an alopecia support group for our kids and families.
Please see this document for more information.
2021 Zoom Class Dates & Field Trips
- Saturday, April 17th at 11:00 am - Planting Party
- Saturday, May 15th at 10:00 am - Alopecia Support Group
- Saturday, May 15th at 11:00 am - Music Shapes Class
- Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 am - Rock Painting Class
- Friday, June 18th at 12:00 - 3:00 pm - Selfridge Firefighters Luncheon (onsite at Selfridge!)
Raised Therapy Garden Project
Please make a contribution toward our Raised Therapy Garden so the kids and families have a safe, socially-distant place to grow vegetables & herbs that they will cook and enjoy in healthy meal planning classes.
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 travel to the camp at no charge and experience a getaway where you can heal with others and enjoy fun outdoor & indoor therapeutic activities.
Click the Camp Sunshine button here to learn more and download an application:
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.
- Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO
Art, Beading & Music Therapy
- Cat Massof, Beading Therapist
- Dan Melendez, Art Therapist
- Jennifer George-Consiglio, Director of Arts DOWNLOAD RESUME
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.
- Damien Buchkowski, Pediatric Oncology Dietician DOWNLOAD RESUME
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 / Exercise Science
- Mary DeRidder, RN, Degree in Exercise Science DOWNLOAD RESUME
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.
Self-Empowerment Through Self-Image
- Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO, Licensed Cosmetologist, Hair Restoration Specialist DOWNLOAD RESUME
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.
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 Stone, W4K Social Worker
Social Workers & Child Life Specialists
- Brittany Stone, LMSW DOWNLOAD RESUME
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.