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Our Curls Inc. aims to aid women with cancer

Our Curls Inc., a new nonprofit group devoted to help fill gaps in service for women of color with cancer, will officially launch its effort Sunday at the Continental School of Beauty.

The group was founded and is led by Cherrise Walker-Betts, a married mother of three, based on her experience with breast cancer, a challenge that included a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

Our Curls looks to provide wigs, wig trimming, scarves, makeover sessions (Pamper Me) and support groups (Hear Me). It will collaborate with other organizations that provide education and other services to cancer patients.

The group also looks to one day offer respite programs, transportation, child play area during the wig fitting, and baby-sitting services for women who participate in the support groups and Pamper Me sessions.

Our Curls also looks to sponsor at least five women per year to participate in the Bravehearts Oncology Camp, celebrate caregivers and sponsor families with entertainment and other services.

Its services are open to all women in the region but designed to meet the needs of women of color, as they have been underserved.

The launch event will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Continental School of Beauty, 326 Kenmore Ave.

A wig-making/styling contest will be held, and the grand prize winner will receive a cash prize, trophy and a full-page spread in a national black hair magazine. There also will be games, performances, free makeovers, free manicures, free massages, giveaways, face painting and more.

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