Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Magnificent Mama #3: Madonna Coffman

When Madonna Coffman was in her 20s, she developed alopecia--an auto-immune disease that impedes a person's ability to grow hair and causes total scalp hair loss. With the assistance of medication, Coffman did eventually recover. A decade and a half later, Coffman's four-year-old daughter developed the disease, something that Coffman describes as "ten times harder" than her own hair loss. It was her daughter's struggle and eventual recovery that spurred Coffman to found Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a non-profit, whose mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. Children suffering hair loss from any medical diagnoses--alopecia, cancer treatment, etc.--are fitted and provided with the best possible hair prosthetics, completely free of charge.

Only a woman whose own child has been through such a difficult transformation would even understand or anticipate a need like this. But there is a need. Says the Locks of Love website:

"There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling. "

A program which she started in her garage, Coffman has brought her mission to thousands of children. Now, Locks of Love is recognized as one of the "Best in America," an award bestowed by Independent Charities of America.
Coffman turned her daughter's struggle into success; thousands of children are so grateful that she did.

Madonna Coffman: Magnificent Mama.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I never knew the history behind this organization. Thank you for sharing!!

I have a family tree filled with magnificent women, all of them strong and beautiful, inside and out. My mother led during her lifetime by example, teaching us to love God, each other and ourselves.

God bless,

Sharee H. (Michigan)