In a twist of fate, Donaldson lost her hair during chemotherapy. It prompted her to create a new hair care line called Miracle RepaiRx, which is designed to restore hair. “When my hair grew back from cancer, it was dry, brittle and very patchy,” Donaldson said. “So, I went back into the lab to develop something with new ingredients that were more powerful when it came to hair growth.” Looking back, Donaldson believes her grueling schedule of holding down a day job and hustling on the side contributed to her health crisis. It’s something she reflects on in her new book: “This is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Business, Love and Hair.” She hopes it starts a conversation about self-care. Donaldson has also launched the TGIN Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer risks among women of color under age 40.
Chris-Tia Donaldson launched Chicago-headquartered hair-products company Thank God It’s Natural in 2009 while working at Oracle, where the Harvard Law School graduate was senior corporate counsel for 10 years. In 2016, Donaldson was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 36 and suffered complete hair loss from chemotherapy treatments. In 2018, she launched Miracle RepaiRx, a collection of hair-restoration products that has doubled Thank God It’s Natural’s business. The multimillion-dollar company’s products are carried by national retailers including Target, Amazon, Walmart and Ulta. In 2018, she launched the TGIN Foundation, a nonprofit that raises awareness of breast cancer in women under 40, advocates for breast cancer patients and raises funds for breast cancer patient services.
Thank God It’s Natural will hold its’ annual breast cancer fundraiser on Friday, October 25 at Loft on Lake in Chicago to raise funds for uninsured women undergoing cancer treatment and the TGIN Waiting Room Renovation Project. Breast Cancer Survivor and CEO of Thank God It’s Natural Chris-Tia Donaldson is hosting the cocktail party in conjunction with her nonprofit,The TGIN Foundation. Donaldson stopped by the ABC7 studio to talk about this year’s event.
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