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Annual Cuts for Cancer fundraiser is Sunday

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Contact: Thomas Hottman

H&N Staff Reporter

The 18th annual Cuts for Cancer fundraiser at the College of Cosmetology is Sunday.

For a minimum donation of $10, which benefits the Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center, the public can receive a professional haircut, manicure, or chair massage.

Services are offered on a walk-in basis 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Cosmetology, 357 E. Main St.

Event co-founder Roni Nelson is surprised and pleased the event has continued for so long. "I never had any idea when I started it, but it is cool that we've been able to do it," Nelson said.

The event originally started when Nelson and her co-workers were brainstorming about how they could give back to the community. "Cancer was something that had affected all of us," she said. They reached out to the Cancer Treatment Center, and the idea for the fundraiser took shape.

Now, after 17 years, the Cuts for Cancer event has raised almost $40,000 for the center. "It's neat to see the community involvement in it," Nelson said.

Professionals from 12 salons throughout Klamath are donating their time to participate in the event, and there are several companies that have been involved from the beginning as sponsors and make donations for door prizes, Nelson said.

It's also great to see people come back year after year, perhaps waiting to get their hair cut in order to make a donation through Cuts for Cancer, she added. "It's kinda neat to see, sometimes they make it a family thing," she said.

The Cancer Treatment Center often uses the money donated through the fundraiser for projects that benefit the patient experience, Nelson said. In past years, that money has purchased an ice machine, display shelves for wigs, and comfortable furniture for the treatment center lobby, she said.

"Every penny stays right here," Nelson said.

The College of Cosmetology also will be showing off new renovations made after a vehicle crashed into the building last August. The building has a "completely new look," Nelson said, including new paint, flooring, a new front desk and stylist stations.