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In Memory of Emily Ferguson

A personal campaign sponsored by Courtney Izquierdo

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Emily Ferguson passed away quietly at home on January 20th, 2018 with her loving husband by her side. Though she faced many challenges, Emily’s brave, sweet, selfless and generous ways always shone through. Even as she battled for her life, Emily worked to raise awareness and funds for HairToStay, so that others could have the option that she had - to make cancer a more private, and perhaps less traumatizing, journey.  

Emily and her family have chosen HairToStay as a fitting way to honor Emily’s memory. In January, 2020, Emily's dear friends and family hosted a tennis tournament and fundraiser to raise funds for scalp cooling subsidies, and we are keeping Emily's memory alive in all those who she continues to touch. We thank you for continuing Emily’s legacy of generosity with your contribution.  

Below you will find Emily’s own words… 

Six years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and chemotherapy was a part of my treatment. I’d heard about scalp cooling, but didn’t know anyone who had used it. I was already overwhelmed, so I decided against it. But, like most people, I didn't realize just how awful it would be to lose my hair. It can take years for the hair to grow back to normal - mine took two slow years to return to its regular shoulder length.

Losing my hair also invaded my privacy, announcing my diagnosis to the world around me. Complete strangers took my hair loss as permission to ask questions or offer unsolicited comments about my very private health. 

In June I started chemo again, but this time I decided to use cold caps.  After six months I’ve kept 75% of my hair. It's so much easier this time—mentally and emotionally—to live life with my hair. I can go for walks, travel to visit friends, and even swim in the ocean with my kids without anyone knowing that I am fighting cancer. Having a full head of hair helps me, and especially my children, forget the fight I'm facing and feel normal. It helps me stay positive, which is another key to success. Each week when my friends, the “cappers,” come to help put on the cold caps, I feel surrounded by love.

I hope to help make scalp cooling an option for as many people as possible by supporting HairToStay, a nonprofit organization that helps fund scalp cooling for patients who could not otherwise afford it. 

All of the money raised on this page will go directly to HairToStay. I hope you'll join me in supporting this great cause that can truly change people's lives!

—Emily Ferguson


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