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work, he gave me permission
and was totally surprised that I didn't
lose my hair following the chemotherapy
sessions. As a result, he made the Cold
Caps available in his office, installing
medical freezers where the caps are
maintained at temperatures of 30°C-34°
C (-22°F).
Margolis is well aware that patients
find hair loss a devastating consequence
of chemotherapy.
"A person's body image is very impor-
tant, and I want to help patients keep
a positive outlook on their lives," says
Margolis, who provides patients with a
small private office for their treatment
with Cold Caps. "There was a presenta-
tion at a recent medical conference that
demonstrated that Cold Caps worked
for 50 percent of patients. Actually, they
work 85 percent of the time for some
chemotherapy and 50 percent for others.
It's the only method I know that pre-
serves hair during chemotherapy."
Neither Margolis nor any medical pro-
fessional in Michigan are compensated
for working with Penguin Cold Caps.
"We are not in the Cold Cap business,"
he says.
Patients often change caps eight to
12 times during chemotherapy. The cap
must be fitted snugly to the head leav-
ing no air gaps. The cost is comparable
to the cost of a good wig, varying from
$1,000 to $4,000 depending upon the
length of chemotherapy. The fee is $500
a month to rent the caps from the com-
pany. Deciding to use the Cold Caps is
a commitment that continues beyond
infusion. The process includes instruc-
tions for preparing the hair and for prop-
er maintenance following chemotherapy.
Penguin Cold Caps have been used in
Europe for close to 20 years and in the
U.S. for the past nine years. The maker is
Medical Specialties of California, which,
despite its name, is a small British com-
pany. Frank Fronda is the inventor and
company founder. To date, they are not
approved by the FDA.
There is now a new machine for Cold
Cap usage that works without changing
caps. Called the Penguin Chemo Hair
Saver and produced by the same British
company, the machine uses circulating
cold water and ice cubes to maintain the
cold temperatures required for the head.
"We have a limited supply of these
machines," says Geralyn Pewarchie of
Washington, Mich., a sales representative
for the British firm. "Right now, Botsford
Hospital is the only facility in Michigan
that has a machine. Its major advantage
is that a patient doesn't require support
to help them use the caps. Usage costs
are $300 for the first four treatments,
then $200 for the next four and $100 for
the next on a sliding scale."

Role Models from page 58

"Special Education Law and Children
Who Stutter" that details the amazing fact
that every child in the U.S. with any type
of speech problem has the right to free
speech therapy, which can start at age 3
and run throughout high school. Begun
40 years ago through federal legislation,
the only prerequisite is that the child be
enrolled in any type of school, whether
public, private or religious.
What is a shame is that so many
parents, especially parents with kids in
Jewish schools throughout the country, do
not know that their children are eligible
for this incredible benefit of free therapy.
All speech problems are covered under
this federal program of free therapy, and
the parents' economic status is irrelevant
in terms of eligibility. The site of this non-
profit organization also provides many
free and helpful resources for people who
stutter and parents of children who stut-
People all over the world have found
help and guidance through the website
of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation,
which offers things like streaming videos,
downloadable brochures and an interna-
tional directory of speech therapists. What
I like about the Stuttering Foundation is
their global outreach to more than 130
countries per year, mostly in the Third
During his career, Rabbi Meir Kahane
received much media coverage in the U.S.,
in Israel and throughout the world. Many
things were said about him. It is a shame
that his legacy does not include that he is
a role model for people who stutter in that
after battling stuttering he sought speech
therapy and found fluency.

Adam R. Lichter is a business consultant in

Springfield, Mass.

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