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Contact: Megan D’Angelo
WCA Director of Development
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Lily's Hope Provides Women Through Their Journey With Confidence

WCA Hospital
left to right, Rosanna Papalia, Zonta Club of Jamestown PR chair and president-elect; Roberta Anderson, Zonta Club of Jamestown service committee member; Jill Colburn, President of Zonta Club of Jamestown; Karen Beck, R.N., Senior Staff Nurse 4D Nursing Unit; and Ellen Munella, Zonta Club of Jamestown co-chair service committee and 2015-2016 Zontian of the Year.

Jamestown, New York. (Thursday, October 22, 2015)— Lily’s Hope—a wig shop founded to bestow wigs to community members affected by a medical condition who lost their hair have extended their donations to include camisoles for lumpectomy/mastectomy patients at WCA Hospital.

Lily’s Hope got its name from Lily Olson, past President of the Zonta Club of Jamestown, whose vision began from a conversation with a friend who drove patients’ long distances to obtain a wig. “Lily quickly recognized that there was an unmet need in the community and approached our Zonta members to see if there was a possibility to open a wig shop close to home where women had access to hair coverings if they suffered from hair loss. We are delighted to state that our club members took Lily’s dream seriously as it echoed Zonta’s mission to advance the status of women.  To the delight and support of many, Lily’s Hope was born!  Since we opened our doors five years ago, we have had the good fortune to fit hundreds of women with free wigs, turbans, hats, and other fashionable head coverings,” stated Rosanna Papalia, Zonta Club of Jamestown PR chair and president-elect.

“It wasn’t until one of our club members heard about another service at a district Zonta directors' meeting last year that the idea of providing camisoles to lumpectomy/mastectomy patients came to life.  The service committee brought it up to our club and we voted to start offering them through Lily's Hope,” stated Ellen Munella, Zonta Club of Jamestown co-chair service committee and 2015-2016 Zontian of the Year.  “Until now, patients would pay for their own camisoles.  There are no seams to irritate incisions, and there are 4 pockets for prosthetics and drainage tubes.  These are velcroed in so the garments can be worn without them when no longer needed. We thought this would be a great addition to the wigs we already provide. It gives people an added boost of self-esteem and the confidence to carry them through their journey.”

Betsy T. Wright FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO adds, “We are proud to partner with such a gracious, giving, and wonderful community-minded group that continues its efforts in providing an added measure of healing for our patients diagnosed with illness.”

Lily’s Hope is hosting a public open house on Thursday, November 5th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at its conveniently located wig shop just steps inside the WCA Cancer Treatment Center at Jones Memorial Health Center, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown (directly behind WCA Occupational Health Services). If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a medical condition and suffering from hair loss, schedule an appointment to be fitted for a wig or hair covering at Lily's Hope, by contacting Toni DeAngelo, R.N., Lily's Hope facilitator at (716) 664-8677.

About Zonta:
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Jamestown is one of over 1200 Clubs that make up Zonta International. Zonta Club of Jamestown, New York.

About Lily’s Hope Wig Shop
If you are a woman living in Chautauqua County and are undergoing cancer treatment or have a medical condition that results in hair loss, you are invited to “Lily’s Hope” to receive a complimentary wig, turban or scarf provided by the caring women of the Zonta Club of Jamestown.  For more information visit

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