Forced to close its offices due to the health crisis, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has found a solution to maintain its hair loan service.
Now, people wishing to borrow a hair prosthesis make their choice by phone and then receive it by mail. “It’s a service that is loved and used by a lot of people, mostly women. We are happy to have found an alternative because hair loss is one of the concerns of many people with cancer, ”says Julie Desharnais, vice-president of strategic initiatives for the CCS.
As for other listening and support services, they are all offered online or by phone. Currently, the Canadian Cancer Society offices are all closed across the province and will remain closed until January, at a minimum.
“All the employees work from home,” says Ms. Desharnais. People who come to us are generally undergoing treatment and are therefore at high risk of contracting COVID-19. You can’t take any risk and that’s why there is no service that is offered in person. ”
“COVID-19 has hit hard and decisions will be made, but for the moment, we cannot say if the Trois-Rivières office will reopen or when it can reopen,” she adds. This is the case not only for the Mauricie, but also for all the other regions. We are waiting to see how things will unfold depending on a possible second wave. ”
Until then, you can get all the information you want, from the comfort of your home, by dialing 1 888 939-3333, by email or by chatting with a specialist. There is also the blog parlonscancer.ca where all people affected directly or indirectly by the disease can discuss. All details can be found at www.cancer.ca.
And when it comes to in-person fundraising events, they’re all canceled until further notice. Instead, the CCS encourages people to donate online at this address: https://www.cancer.ca/fr-ca/donate/?region=on