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Wigs For Kids doubles the impact for children in need: Talk of the Towns

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 7/31/2020 By Shirley MacFarland,

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - Wigs For Kids, the first and oldest hair donation nonprofit serving children experiencing medical-related hair loss in the United States, has launched its Double Your Impact campaign that will run through August 2020.

This campaign aims to raise awareness and financial donations of $25,000 while uniting its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wigs For Kids continually sees an incredible need for children suffering from hair loss as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, Alopecia, or other medical conditions. From 2016-2019, Wigs For Kids saw a 77% growth of hairpiece applications.

The Wigs For Kids community of Certified Affiliate and Ambassador stylists, financial and hair donors, as well as hairpiece recipients, are banning together to raise awareness and financial donations for this campaign. Thanks to anonymous supporters, Discount Drug Mart and Senders Pediatrics, the nonprofit is offering a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $1,800).

“Just as many others, Wigs For Kids has been greatly impacted by COVID-19,” states Jeffrey Paul, Founder of Wigs For Kids. “But as always, our team is proud to serve communities across the country, and shed positive light on the continual support of donors. The Double Your Impact campaign will further help in keeping the organization thriving and impacting the lives of children in need.” 

The fundraising of this campaign will go to support the daily operations of Wigs For Kids and help to fund hairpieces for children in need. At Wigs For Kids, a child and their family will never pay for the hand-tied hairpieces, a value of more than $1,800.

For more information on how you can join the Double Your Impact campaign, visit or

New principal: Karen L. Carter, the assistant principal for academics at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights has been promoted to the position of principal of the school, replacing Shelbrey L. Blanc, who was named school president last April. The promotion of Carter to principal was announced by Frank O’Linn, Ed.D., secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, which owns and operates Holy Name High School.   

Carter has been employed at Holy Name for 28 years and has served in a variety of roles including social studies teacher, head volleyball coach, assistant athletic director, guidance counselor, associate director of admissions, advanced placement and College Credit Plus coordinator, and assistant principal of academics. 

Carter lives in Brecksville with her husband and two sons. Her children are both Holy Name graduates. Carter's mother is also a 1960 Holy Name graduate. 

“Serving professionally in these numerous positions has provided me with the unique opportunity of interacting with students and their families as well as faculty and staff in so many different ways,” said Carter. “I am excited to have been selected as principal and to use my many years of education and administrative experience in this role, serving the needs of students, parents and the entire Holy Name High School community.” 

“I am pleased that Mrs. Carter has been selected as our new principal and look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Blanc. “She brings a depth of experience to the position of principal which touches upon all aspects of academics including hiring of teachers, faculty evaluation, planning professional development, and improving curriculum. Mrs. Carter is passionate about secondary education and embraces the rich history and tradition of Holy Name High School.”

Carter is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1989, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1991, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education – Comprehensive Social Studies, with a minor in social work. 

“Over the years, Mrs. Carter has proven herself to be an exceptional educator and steadfast leader who has engaged in a broad range of important roles helping students grow and prepare for their life’s journey,” said Dr. O’Linn. “I know Mrs. Carter will use her vast experience and exceptional skills to ensure the future growth and great success of Holy Name High School.”  

Located in Parma Heights Ohio, Holy Name High School traces its roots to September, 1914 when the school first opened its doors as a four-year secondary, co-educational, Catholic high school. The mission of Holy Name is simple and clear: To lead young adults to Christ by educating them in mind, body, and spirit.

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