Cutting for a cure

Published 9:42 am Monday, July 27, 2009

Sue Clark, a hairstylist at Rana’s Hair Salon in Niles worked a regular shift Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Then, with scissors and comb in tow, Clark set out for Niles High School for the Niles-Buchanan Relay for Life event.

As participants in close to 60 teams which took to the track to fight for awareness and cancer research, Clark cut hair, including Dawn Stratton’s of Niles, until the sky grew dark.

She donated the money to Relay for Life and made her own steps in the fight against cancer.

Kersten Hernandez, also of Niles, was another of Clark’s customers for the day – letting Clark cut 10 inches off her long, dark hair and donating it to Locks of Love, an organization that manufactures wigs especially for cancer patients who have lost their hair during treatment.

Niles resident John Lee also donated to the organization, having Clark cut off his ponytail.

The donation was in memory of his brother Ed, who died of cancer last year.

By dusk, Clark had finished 11 cuts: five regular cuts, five donated to Locks of Love and one shaved head.

Clark’s Relay for Life team, Hope Community Church, which raised $11,000 for the event, was just one of the teams taking part in the annual event, raising money and fighting back against cancer.