We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping pediatric cancer patients overcome the fear of chemotherapy related hair loss, by providing halo wigs at absolutely no cost to the family.
When Ashlyn was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening blood disorder at the age of ten and told she needed a bone marrow transplant, one of her biggest fears was losing her hair.
Just weeks before Ashlyn was scheduled to be admitted to Phoenix Children's Hospital for her bone marrow transplant, her family learned of a special type of halo wig that is made using real hair. Ashlyn was able to cut her OWN hair and send it away to be returned in the form of a halo wig. Wearing this wig gave her confidence and allowed her to feel normal around her friends.
It made such a difference in Ashlyn's recovery that she knew she had to do something to help other children. This is how Crowns of Courage was born!
Crowns of Courage is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children overcome the fear of chemotherapy-related hair loss. We provide halo wigs to any child undergoing chemotherapy, at no cost to the family.
A Crowns of Courage halo wig is very different from a traditional wig. It's made from real hair! The hair is attached to a soft breathable cap, allowing it to be super comfortable. It's not itchy or hot and it looks incredibly real. The wig can be worn with any hat, beanie, or scarf that can be changed out at any time.
The patient can use their own hair or we have hair that has been donated. Our hope is that these halo wigs give children the strength, courage, and confidence to keep fighting their battles!
Lisa Rokicki is originally from Buffalo, NY. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Shortly after graduating Lisa received her cosmetology license and began working with wigs and makeup for regional theatre in Buffalo.
In 2008, she made the long trip across the country to Denver, CO where she started the bulk of her wig-making career. She has built many full wigs one hair at a time for various opera and theatre productions in Denver, Chicago, and Kansas City.
Her career path took a turn when she moved to Phoenix in 2014 and started working in a local wig shop, mainly with cancer patients. This allowed Lisa to find a new passion for helping cancer patients deal with hair loss due to chemotherapy. Her passion continued to grow when she joined the Crowns of Courage team and began designing halo wigs for pediatric cancer patients.
Crowns of Courage wouldn't be possible without Lisa's hard work and dedication. Her incredible talent is surpassed only by her kind heart and we know that each recipient can feel the love she puts into each halo wig. She's simply amazing!