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Raising hair and wiggin' out

April 10, 2009

Cancer Center of the Rockies announces its First-Annual Hair-Raiser. Northern Colorado salons will compete for the "Hair Raiser of the Year" trophy on April 19.

Wiggin' out

On April 19, Northern Colorado hair stylists and members of the community will come together for the Hair Raiser event, a one-day “hair drive” that will help to create wigs for cancer patients. The event is put on by the Cancer Center of the Rockies, along with Citizen Printing and Hilton Garden Inn

This event is a part of CSUnity sponsored by SLiCE.

Donate your hair

The Hair Raiser event takes place from 1-5 p.m. on April 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 2821 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins, and will bring together stylists from over a dozen salons in Northern Colorado that will be cutting hair to be donated for wigs. Anyone willing to donate hair is encouraged to attend the event, however, any salon may bring the hair to the event if a client is unable to attend. 

The salon that collectively cuts the most inches will win the “Hair Raiser of the Year” trophy, a traveling trophy awarded to the top salon in Northern Colorado. In addition, all client participants will receive a gift bag at the event.

The idea's origin

A recent article in the Journal of the American Cancer Society determined that nearly 60 percent of women undergoing cancer treatment regard hair loss as the single worst side effect of cancer treatment. For the many women who feel unattractive and less feminine because of hair loss resulting from chemotherapy, the Cancer Center of the Rockies created the Hair Raiser event so that these women could feel beautiful once again.

The idea for the Hair Raiser event came courtesy of Matthew Sorensen, a physician at the Cancer Center of the Rockies, who wanted to find a unique way that the people of Northern Colorado could help cancer patients. This idea is not only unique, but comes at an appropriate time with the down economy and lack of non-profit donations.

“During the current economic downturn, people are more and more unable to donate money to charitable causes,” said Linda O’Dea, marketing and event coordinator of Hair Raiser.

“What’s unique about our event is that the public is not asked to donate money. We just need your hair and if you’re planning on changing your style anyway, this is the perfect opportunity to contribute to a good cause. The best part is that a beautiful wig makes a huge difference in each patient’s self esteem and well-being and we’re truly proud to be able to help.”

For more information on how salons and stylists can participate, please visit

Contact: Linda O'Dea
Phone: (970) 213-4399