Financial Literacy & Wigs for Cancer Patients

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pink boxing gloves. black text on white field reading "donating financial literacy to help cancer patients."

This weekend in Pittsburgh, there’s going to be this great event. It’s Hair Peace‘s annual Recipe for Hope, where local celebs and chefs will be serving up food and raffling off prizes to a sold-out audience to benefit the charity.

Hair Peace helps women and girls here in Southwestern PA buy wigs after they’ve been treated for cancer. The organization started after local radio personality and founder, Bonny Diver, sought treatment for breast cancer and found out that most insurance companies will not cover a wig, even though you can lose your hair after the first treatment.

For over fourteen years, this event has been raising money to give girls and women battling cancer the confidence they deserve.

PF Community Giving Back

Several books and a mounted $2 bill in a white basked with a grey background. Titles are: "The Feminist Financial Handbook" by Brynne Conroy, Money Letters 2 My Daughter by Jackie Cummings Koski, Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry, Get Money by Kristin Wong, Her Money Matters by Jen Hemphill and End Financial Stress Now by Emily Guy Birken.

At the Recipe for Hope event this weekend, they’ll also be doing silent and live raffles for various items. You know, gift baskets, gift certificates, etc.

My friend sits on the board and asked if there was anything I’d like to provide. My primary output of benefit to the public at large is personal finance content, so I thought that while my services might not be valuable to everyone, something like my book could definitely help out.

And I just happen to know some other awesome people who have written crazy helpful and transformative money books, too. So I sent out an email and got together a gift basket.

Guys, I was shocked by the response. I was expecting maybe a 50% response rate, and then I’d get together some potential names for email round 2. People are busy. Getting to the post office to mail a book is kind of a pain. I care about girls in SWPA, but maybe they preferred to focus their charitable efforts elsewhere–maybe somewhere closer to their own homes.

Instead, within 48 hours 100% of the women I reached out to responded, wanting to participate and asking me for the best address to send the book. I am so incredibly appreciative not just for their generosity, but also for their excitement.

We’ve got a great lineup of personal finance books going to one lucky winner at the Recipe for Hope event tomorrow evening. If you’re looking for a good read and won’t be able to make it to the event, I recommend reading not one, but all of the following:

The Feminist Financial Handbook: A Modern Woman's Guide to a Wealthy Life
black and white text on blue background reading "get it here."
Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford
black and white text on blue background reading "get it here."
Her Money Matters: The Missing Truths From Traditional Money Advice
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Money Letters 2 My Daughter
black and white text on blue background reading "get it here."
End Financial Stress Now: Immediate Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Financial Outlook
black and white text on blue background reading "get it here."
Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together
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Jackie was awesome and sent along her signature $2 bill for the basket, too. And Jen included not only her book, but also the workbook that goes along with it.

Kristin and Emily were amazing with their responses, and Erin has a sequel to Broke Millennial coming out in April that covers investing!

Want to give back, too?

The money this basket brings in will allow more girls and women to buy the hair pieces they need.

But you don’t have to donate a book to help out. You don’t have to be local, and even if you are, you don’t have to go to Recipe for Hope to lend a hand.

If you’d like to help Hair Peace reach even more cancer patients, you can donate here (or click the purple button in the top lefthand corner of their home page.)

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