Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk supports free wigs for cancer patients

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — People are coming together this weekend to honor moms and people who are battling cancer. The 20th annual Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk is this Sunday.

The tradition began years ago by a local woman named Mary Marvin who lost her life to breast cancer.

She founded Mary’s Wig Room at the American Cancer Society in Amherst, where free wigs and head coverings are provided to women and men undergoing cancer treatment. Some of the wigs are made of synthetic hair, human hair, or a blend of both.

Money raised from the walk on Sunday will go towards purchasing more wigs. In 2015 over 500 cancer patients received free wigs from Mary’s Wig Room.

“It’s any type of cancer not just breast cancer so anybody can come in they can make an appointment they can come in and try on wigs and walk out with a brand new wig and a brand new feeling,” said Rebecca Florio, Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk Chairperson.

On Sunday registration starts at 10:30 am and the walk begins at 1 pm at Widewaters Marina on Market Street in Lockport. There’s also a basket auction after the walk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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