Social worker. Stylist. Survivor.

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Diane Atwood, a health and wellness writer, wrote a blog entry about Hair Matters on her Catching Health blog that captures the unique set of traits that Hair Matters Founder Debby Porter brings to the organization.

“Debby Porter is a social worker, cosmetologist, and breast cancer survivor,” wrote Diane in the entry’s lede. “When you learn what she does for work and how she gives of herself, you will understand why it matters that she is these three things.”

Diane goes on to tell Debby’s personal story, how it led to the establishment of Hair Matters, and why it’s important to how the organization operates.

“As a social worker, she is experienced in how to connect with people, especially when they are at their most vulnerable. She is trained to communicate, not only with words but on an emotional level. As a cosmetologist/stylist, she knows how to make people look good and can handle hair really well, whether it’s on someone’s head or made into a wig. As a cancer survivor, she understands what it’s like to fight for your life and to have what is most familiar to you — your personal identity — stripped away with every fistful of hair that comes out until there isn’t a strand left.”

One Comment

  1. Wendy Enright

    on 29 January 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Love this! Debby is uniquely gifted to be the Founder and Executive Director of Hair Matters. Her empathy and compassion radiate to all she comes in contact with. Her personal experience as a cancer survivor communicates solidarity to those she serves through the program. Through her artistry, she helps her clients to find beautiful hair pieces and head-coverings that elevate their sense of well-being!


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