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A Night of Wigs & Wishes 2016 SAVE THE DATE

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Night of Wigs & Wishes. Its a night you won’t forget! Save the date! October 23, 2016

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About Friends Are By Your Side

How We Began… Friends Are By Your Side is the home of Wigs and Wishes. In 1998, Martino Cartier began the journey of changing lives through his career as a salon owner, stylist, educator, and TV personality. On May 10, 2011, www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com was born.

Martino´s vision was to join forces with salons across the world and take the pledge to restore dignity to women who lost their hair to chemotherapy AT NO CHARGE. His goal was to find a safe haven for women to go to regardless of their financial situation. Presently, we have hundreds of salons that have made that dream a reality.

Martino´s desire took on a new light when he met Kiki. 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.

In April of 2012, Kiki and Martino were introduced when Kiki´s mother reached out to New Jersey State Freeholder, Vincent Nestore, and the rest is history. Martino made a wig for her and the friendship began. Seven months later on November 4, 2012, Martino and www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com brought Kiki to meet Justin Bieber. Not only did she arrive in a hot pink stretch limo, but she was also given the chance to hang out with Justin before the show and take some pictures. Following her meet-and-greet, Kiki was given front row tickets and sat on Martino´s shoulders during the entire concert.

The entire day was priceless. One week later Kiki lost her battle to childhood cancer leaving Martino with a broken heart, but a validation that the mission of www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com was truly his life´s purpose. Since then, hundreds of wigs have been given and dozens of wishes have been granted thanks to generous people just like you.

I was directed to a wig supplier associated with a large cancer center. I was not given much to choose from and was not fitted in any way, not knowing any better I proceeded with the non-refundable purchase, to say the least I have never been able to wear the item as it really did look worse than no hair…. then someone referred me to Martino Cartier Salons…. I can’t say enough about Dawn who helped me select a style, gave advice on cut etcetera; all of the staff who make you feel so comfortable – something that rarely happens anymore even amongst friends and family :( and what a beautiful environment!!!! Best testimony – when my 8 yr old saw me in my wig for the first time, she couldn’t contain herself, she even commented “Mom, I think it might even look better than your real hair did”.LOL. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and my self-esteem!!! Sandee White

I was in need of a wig and, contacted Friends are by Your Side and, I was helped immediately. This is such a wonderful group. I can go out now and feel like a “normal” person. I really cannot adequately express my appreciation and, what this wig has meant to me. If, it had not been for FABYS I could not have afforded a wig with my present circumstances. It was completely no hassle, only let us help you.

A special thank you to Gail Benson . Gail is a very special compassionate person who was always there when I needed her.

I found out about Gail and her salon via a nurse at my oncology office when I started chemotherapy in 2014. I called and the wonderful staff got me in to see her almost immediately and I was able to consult about what I needed or wanted going forward. I hadn’t lost all my hair yet, but it was going fast. She cut it and gave it a treatment that was wonderful. We determined that I would probably benefit from having a wig going forward and she was able to provide me with a really great one that same day. It was a wonderful experience that made me feel great at a time when that didn’t seem possible. I will be forever grateful to all the people who give of themselves so constantly.

Kristin Peterson