Chemo Beanies Receive $250K Grant From Chase at Cancer Center Ceremony
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital hosted a ceremony this morning where Covington-based Chemo Beanies Inc. received a $250,000 grant to further expand its line of stylish head covers for women battling cancer.
Chemo Beanies was one of 12 small businesses recognized today to receive a $250,000 grant through Mission Main Street Grants, a program that gives small businesses throughout the nation the opportunity to receive a share of $3 million in grants from Chase. Google will host Chemo Beanies and the other 11 businesses for a two-day marketing workshop at Google headquarters in California.
After surviving cancer, sisters Angelle Albright and Danielle Fournier made it their mission to help cancer patients coping with hair loss, which led to the creation of Chemo Beanies to ease the burden of baldness during chemotherapy with an alternative to wigs, scarves and hats. Albright and Fournier were successfully treated for breast cancer at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, which was one of Chemo Beanies’ first customers.
“This generous grant from Chase and exciting workshop from Google is a dream come true and a testimonial to how taking action toward your dreams does pay off,” Albright said. “This grant will help us transform Chemo Beanies from a ‘startup dream’ to a full-fledged, made-in-the-USA corporation that can reach every woman who needs this problem solved.”
Chemo Beanies was among nearly 35,000 small businesses that applied for the grants. More than 1.7 million people voted on MissionMainStreetGrants.com, and applications that received at least 250 votes were eligible to continue on to the judging phase.
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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care that strives to positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families on the Northshore. Services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials and free community screenings. Not only do patients have access to these vital cancer services and high quality cancer care, but these services are readily available close to home.