One Man, One Cause fundraiser events to pay tribute to the late Lyal McCaig.
OMAHA, Neb.—Building upon the success of the first Rita L. Cassling Image Recovery Center® at Bergan Mercy Medical Center--which helps cancer patients and survivors prepare for and navigate the physical side effects of treatment—the Alegent Health Cancer Center’s second location, opening in west Omaha, will pay special tribute to a local cosmetology legend. Family and friends of the late Lyal McCaig are asking the community to honor his memory by naming the Image Recovery Center after him. To that end, they are hosting a series of fundraisers throughout the community in his name. The first event called One Man, One Cause takes place on Saturday, July 14, 2007. On that day, salons participating in the fundraiser will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Alegent Health Foundation in memory of Lyal McCaig. This will be followed by a dinner on Sunday, July 22, 2007 at Jobber’s Canyon and a golf tournament on September 17 at the Players Club at Deer Creek.
“For those of use who know and love Lyal, we have been searching for a way to pay tribute to a man that has influenced our industry, our city and our lives tremendously. Certainly Omaha’s hair, skin and nail industry wouldn’t be what it is today without Lyal. Let’s unite and create a legacy to him for a cause that is also dedicated to helping people look and feel beautiful from the inside out,” said Judy McCaig, wife of the late Lyal McCaig.
The Image Recovery Center® is a hospital-based appearance enhancement program designed to address temporary and long-term physical changes cancer patients may experience due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. An Image Consultant, clinically trained in cosmetology, offers patients information on how the hair, skin and nails are affected depending on the type of cancer and therapy associated with it. In addition, certified breast fitters and massage therapists are on hand to help aid in the recovery.
Each newly diagnosed cancer patient and survivor is offered an initial consultation free of charge to help develop a comprehensive image plan specifically tailored to the individual. Patients will have access to skincare analysis and regimentation, therapeutic facials and manicures, cosmetic applications and cover-ups, and hair replacement options including wigs and headwear. The center will offer extensive breast care support including a variety of post-mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction garments including bras, prostheses, swimwear and intimate apparel. Post-treatment clothing recommendations and educational support resources will also be available.
McCaig, who recently lost his battle to lung cancer, had an extensive career in the cosmetology industry as a great stylist, teacher and the co-owner of the Capitol School of Hair Styling and Esthetics in Omaha. His family felt that contributing to a worthwhile cause such as the Image Recovery Center® would be a fitting way to honor his life and character. Additional events being planned to honor Lyal McCaig and his legacy include a golf tournament fundraiser and a red carpet fundraiser at a local art gallery.
“Alegent Health is honored that Lyal McCaig’s family and friends have chosen to honor Lyal’s legacy of leadership in this way. Their generosity helps patients on their healing journey and also will help ensure that Alegent Health continues the healing ministry of our sponsors, Immanuel Health Systems and Catholic Health Initiatives,” said Shane Seymour, chief development officer of the Alegent Health Foundation.
Center for cancer patients will honor late hairstylist
For more information or to donate to the Alegent Health Foundation, please go to http://www.omahahairlegend.com/.