WISE — Two hair salons handed over a check for more than $13,000 to Wellmont Health System officials Wednesday following a unique fund-raiser for patients of the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center in Norton.
Geneses and Todd’s Hair Studio — two enterprises owned by brothers Ted and Todd Barnette located next to each other in Wise — recently held a one-day fund-raiser, Cuttin’ 4 the Cause, donating the price of all cuts and tips to help patients with burdensome expenses during their treatments. Their wives, Karen and Crystal, also sold raffle tickets for prizes and held a silent auction with all proceeds, including a last-minute $100 donation, put to the cause.
The funds will go into the cancer center’s patient care fund. Part of the Wellmont Cancer Institute, the center set aside the special fund to assist patients.
Crystal Barnette, the event organizer and manager of Todd’s Hair Studio, said the salons were grateful they could enhance the quality of life of patients by easing some of their financial concerns.
“We were amazed we raised so much money,” she said. “It’s a credit to the community and the businesses who donated items for the raffle and silent auction. I think people were so generous because cancer has touched so many people. It’s hard to find someone who has not battled cancer or had a friend or loved one who has not been diagnosed. They have channeled their energy so effectively to help others who are meeting this challenge with grace and dignity.”
She said her husband and brother-in-law have a keen understanding of cancer because their mother died from ovarian cancer. But she said it was staff at the two salons who selected the cancer center to receive the funds after researching charitable organizations.
Karla Lane, the cancer center’s director, was thrilled with the outcome of Cuttin’ 4 the Cause.
“This is an outstanding example of generosity by the owners and customers of these salons and our fellow residents of Southwest Virginia,” Lane said. “The amount raised is heartwarming and a testament to the compassion and love the residents of Wise and nearby communities have for their family members, friends and neighbors who have been diagnosed with cancer.”
Lane said the center provides a team approach to cancer treatment to provide services such as medical oncology, radiation, hematology, research and genetic testing.
“Our patients are fortunate to receive high-quality, innovative care that builds their strength for today and their hope for tomorrow,” she said. “But it is that extra special touch from communities that have their back that will give our patients confidence and comfort that bright days are ahead.”
Lane said center personnel are “thankful to live in a region with businesses such as Todd’s and Geneses and communities with a spirit that knows no bounds.”