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Compassionate Wigs growing larger

July 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Over the weekend, an open house was held for the new Salon 224 at Fawn Plaza, 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road. Not only was it the new business that celebrated, but also was a great day for Compassionate Wigs, a wig fitting and care facility geared to cancer patients, that moved into the salon to have more room to service clients.

Compassionate Wigs is a business that was started by Patty McSuley after she went through chemotherapy for breast cancer almost ten years ago. The 1979 Fitch graduate had waited until the age of 42 to go into the hair business as a stylist. She attended Raphael's Beauty School in Boardman and became a professional stylist before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through therapy and is today a 10-year survivor who is reaching out a helping hand to others going through a similar trial.

"I saw a need in the community for this type of service," she said.

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Patti McSuley, owner and founder of Compassionate Wigs LLC has moved to Fawn Plaza, 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road (inside Salon 224). The business helps serve women who suffer hair loss due to cancer therapy. McSuley herself is a nine-year cancer survivor who can understand what a woman is going through, and can offer a place to go where compassion is part of the atmosphere.

That need was satisfied when she opened Compassionate Wigs inside Creekside Salon several years ago. The salon offered a small 8-by-10 foot room. Most women who are taking chemotherapy or are battling cancer, come in with several friends for support. McSuley said that made it a crowded affair.

At the new location, the room for Compassionate Wigs is much larger and features room enough for several friends, who can help with a wig selection and style.

"I really can fit anyone in need of a wig," McSuley said. "When I take an appointment, is set aside around two hours, which is the time needed to fit someone with the right wig."

She said cancer patients have visited her early in their treatment and have ordered their wig long before they needed it. In a case like this, when a woman undergoing chemo starts noticing hair loss, she can come to McSuley, have her head shaven and get a wig that will look and feel natural.

"Sometimes it helps to see the shade and style of hair a person has," she said. "It makes it easier to get the look and feel for how a person wore their hair."

As for insurance coverage, McSuley said some policies do cover the wigs, but it should not be a reason to not pay McSuley a visit.

"I have a private donor who will help a woman who has a financial need and is going through chemo," McSuley said.

McSuley believes in giving back and is grateful to be a survivor. While she helps women keep their self image in good order, she also has found a way to support other local charities. She developed a giving tree at Salon 224, which is a dark outline of a tree on the main wall of the salon. Customers can purchase a white flower for $5 or an angel for $1 and place it on the "Hope Tree." All proceeds from the Hope Tree will be divided between the Silver Lining Cancer Fund and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. McSuley will also have The Compassionate Wig Team taking part in the Panerathon.

While she has a lot going on, she has never forgot her mission and the focus.

"This is not a wig shop, this is a service," she said. "People tend to be comfortable with me because I have been there."

On her flier, she quotes Genesis 12:2 which says, "I will bless that you may be a blessing."

To get in touch with McSuley or to make an appointment, call 330-702-7112 or visit



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