Judith Taylor was helping her mother through her cancer journey when she observed patients were receiving great care from a medical perspective but there was a gap in terms of well-being.
“Often feeling isolated and unwell, cancer patients then have to deal with the experience of hair loss,” she said.
“After spending much time with my mother during her cancer treatment at the Calvary Mater, I noticed that while the patients were receiving extremely good care and treatment, they went home feeling unwell and alone.
“I realised that there was nothing available to support the well-being of patients. According to cancer patients that I have spoken with, worse than the treatment and often the final straw in terms of self-esteem is to lose their hair.”
It was from this observation that Ms Taylor founded Bald and Beautiful Day in 2005.
I realised that there was nothing available to support the well-being of patients.
The idea was to pamper adult cancer patients with a day of manicures, pedicures, massage, make-up and more, so that “every person walks away looking glamorous and with a smile on their face”.
“I looked at what was available at that time: Camp Quality for kids and Canteen for Teens and realised that adults needed their own grown-up version of fun and pampering,” Ms Taylor said.
This year’s Bald and Beautiful Day is at Wests New Lambton on May 3 from 10am to 2pm. There will be pampering and entertainment provided.
Find out more at www.baldandbeautiful.org.au.