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Black Women Battling Breast Cancer Deserve More Wig Options, According to Coils to Locs Founder Dianne Austin

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When Dianne Austin decided to ditch her relaxer and transition back to her natural hair in 2011, she had no idea that four years later she would be hit with the heartbreaking news of a breast cancer diagnosis.

“My first thoughts were how ironic it was that I went down this path of embracing my natural hair just to lose every strand of it,” she shares with InStyle. “It was a huge decision for me to stop relaxing my hair and to begin to embrace my natural texture after years of relaxing.”

As she began to say goodbye to her own hair, Austin, like many in cancer treatment, was in search of a wig. And while they’re sometimes covered, depending on the healthcare insurance provider, she wasn’t able to find any that even came close to matching her natural coily texture.

That’s why in 2019, she created Coils to

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RI Girl Battling Cancer Gets Magical Gift From Photographer

PROVIDENCE, RI (CBS) – Five-year-old Arianna Taft loves Disney princesses. When a local photographer heard about her brave fight with cancer, she gave her the dress up play date of her dreams. And even bought the costumes.

“It’s incredible that something that takes such a small amount of time out of my day, or my week, can have such a powerful impact,” said Ashley Richer. “It gives them their own sense of hope cause they’re so small and they can believe in magic a little bit more.”





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Arianna Taft (Photo credit Ashley Richer Photography)

For Richer it’s important to create magical moments for children. A few years ago, one of her son’s best friends passed away from a terminal illness. Richer honors her spirit by helping kids like Arianna live out a fairytale photoshoots.

Arianna was diagnosed with an advanced form kidney cancer back in

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