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In 1998, Martino Cartier began the journey of changing lives through his career as a salon owner, stylist, educator, inspirational speaker and TV personality. On May 10, 2011 Friends Are By Your Side (now Wigs & Wishes By Martino Cartier) was born. Martino’s vision was to join forces with salons across the world to create a safe haven for women to go to regardless of their financial situation. Since then, hundreds of salons have helped make that dream a reality by taking the pledge to restore dignity to women who lost their hair to chemotherapy at no charge.
Martino’s desire took on a new light when he met Kiki in April of 2012. Kiki was a beautiful girl who had been battling cancer since she was only eight years old. She had been turned down for a wig by a number of foundations. Kiki and Martino were introduced when Kiki’s mother reached out to New Jersey State Freeholder, Vincent Nestore. Martino made a wig for her and the friendship began. Seven months later on November 4, 2012, Martino's organization helped Kiki by granting her dying wish of meeting Justin Bieber. She arrived to Justin's concert in a hot pink stretch limo and was also given the chance to meet Justin personally. Following her meet-and-greet, Kiki sat in front row seats at the concert. One week after the concert Kiki lost her battle to childhood cancer leaving Martino with a broken heart, but with a validation that the mission of this organization was truly his life’s purpose. Since then, over 100,000 wigs have been given and dozens of wishes have been granted due to the help and support of our generous sponsors and donors.
Wigs & Wishes By Martino Cartier is a network of salon owners, stylists and beauty industry experts joined together with one mission: to provide courageous women battling cancer with a wig at no cost, as well as granting wishes to children battling childhood cancer.
Here at Fringe Salon we do lots of fundraising. We host events throughout the year along with accepting donations any time. We also have an "Adopt A Wig" program for anyone wanting to participate. You can call the salon and speak to Adrinne Grieco for details on this.
We purchase and provide wigs for women battling cancer. They come in for a consultation, we measure and discuss the look that they are looking for. Then we work together to find a wig just right for them, helping them to look "Cancer Free for Free"!
ABOUT WIGS & WISHES
Wigs & Wishes® By Martino Cartier is a non-profit organization founded by Martino Cartier, that is dedicated to providing wigs & granting wishes to courageous individuals battling cancer. Supporting such a large initiative is made possible by a network of participating salons, stylists, and global corporate sponsorships. Salons and stylists throughout the world empower women by providing them with complimentary services that allow them for a brief moment to forget about their fight. Wishes are granted to children with cancer to brighten their day and bring a smile to their face while fighting life's toughest battle. Please help us continue helping this cause by making a small donation.
Here are some of the Woman we have helped in the Hampton Roads area.
1169 Nimmo Pkwy, Suite 240
Virginia Beach 23456, United States
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