The winner of the 2016 Citizenship pillar is Lexie Lerblance, through Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension. As her 4-H Project of Excellence, Lexie created TLC Wig Closet, a non-profit that provides wigs, head coverings, bras and prosthesis for women suffering from breast cancer. Through her 4-H experience, she has spoken at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon and gave presentations to the Federal Board of Education.
The Teresa Lane Compton (TLC) Memorial Wig Closet, located at the McAlester Regional Health Center, is a place to help cancer patients who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. It was started in 2010, by Ashley and Lexie Lerblance, after Ashley was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent cancer treatment.
The room, named for Ashley's late mother, is a private, tastefully decorated and comfortable space, where patients meet 1-on-1 with a volunteer who has been through cancer treatment or has experience with cancer treatment. The room is stocked with wigs, hats, scarves, turbans, and some bras and prosthesis. Patients are seen by appointment.