The Alayna Jayne Foundation was founded by Alayna and her Mom after Alayna was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stage II cancer at the beginning of her senior year of high school.
This athletic, energetic, vibrant young girl's life was turned upside down in a single sentence when the doctor confirmed, “You have cancer.” In exploring her treatment options, they found “You don't know until you ask" as words to live by.
As a result, Alayna became the youngest patient at the fertility clinic to freeze her eggs prior to chemo. She was nicknamed the pioneer patient by her doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC for the many firsts she was achieving. Most important of which, she was the first pediatric patient at MSK to use The Cold Cap and undergo scalp cooling during chemotherapy in order to save her hair- her crown of glory.
The Cold Cap is worn during chemo treatments to help prevent hair loss. It is readily available to the adult world of oncology, but virtually unheard of in the adolescent & young adult (AYA) community of oncology. These patients, as well as many doctors and medical staff, are not aware of the cold cap and the benefits to scalp cooling. Unfortunately, this is a treatment also not typically covered by health insurance.
Alayna is now in remission and attending college to study nursing with a full head of hair and a smile! To pay it forward, the Alayna Jayne Foundation hopes to bring awareness to the cold cap and help cover the cost of treatments while also pushing for healthcare coverage.
To provide financial assistance and support for adolescent and young adult patients wishing to use the cold cap during chemo and to bring awareness to the general public and in the medical field about scalp cooling benefits in the reduction of hair loss