Hat maker adds scarves for cancer patients

BOULDER – Wallaroo Hat Co. has unveiled a new line of head scarves and turbans designed for women who have lost their hair during medical treatment.

The Boulder-based company sells four different head scarves and two turbans in several colors and fabrics. Prices for the scarves and turbans range from $30 to $70. The Christine Headwear line is designed to empower women who are fighting against cancer and other serious diseases, the company said in a press statement. It’s the first time the hat company has branched off in a new headwear direction.

Wallaroo Hat Co. has been involved with the American Cancer Society, the Skin Cancer Foundation and other cancer-related groups.

Since 2008, the company has donated 1 percent of all sales revenue to skin-cancer research. Most Wallaroo hats protect wearers from 97.5 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays as tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year.

The hats, head scarves and turbans all are available on the company’s website, www.wallaroohats.com, as well as at more than 3,000 boutique retail stores in the United States.

Wallaroo was started in 1999 by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore. Hat prices start at around $20.

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