COVINGTON, La. -- The Chemo Beanie is a head cover for women fighting the hair loss that follows cancer treatments, and it's come a long way since its inception in 2011 when Eyewitness News first told you about Angelle and Danielle, the sisters behind the beanies.
“I had cancer eight years ago and had a 34 percent chance of surviving," said Angelle Albright. “Five years later, my sister Danielle was diagnosed, and the first thing I thought was, ‘What are we going to put on your head?' There has to have been something better that was created."
But there wasn't, so the Chemo Beanies were born. Today, the beanies are made in California and sold at 500 small boutiques and cancer specialty stores in almost every state with 35,000 sold in total.
In the past two years, the business has grown to include custom Chemo Beanies for brides, and they hope to start making chemo beanies for children as well.
The product has now caught the attention of Walmart, and it's a top 20 finalst in the store's "Get on the Shelf" competition. The sisters hope to win solely to help more women get through the challenge of cancer with a little more pizzazz.
"Our business has become more of a ministry than a hat company," Albright said. "When women call to find out if they need a specific color or a specific style, the first thing they say is, 'Did you have cancer?’ I say, ‘Yes I did.’ My sister says, ‘Yes, I did,’ and we start talking to them about their situation and telling them it's going to be okay."