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Salon helps cut down barriers to cancer care

April 14, 2011

Antenna Salon is very well known for its stylish haircuts and trendy manicures.

But they don’t take any short cuts when it comes to fundraising, either. And they certainly know how to have fun while doing it.

What started out as a one-day “cut-a-thon” quickly grew into a weeklong fundraiser that raised more than $3,000 for Backus Hospital’s Breast Cancer Survivors Fund and Breast Health Patient Navigator Program. Antenna Owner JD Donner was scheduled to present Backus with a check today, April 15.

While salon clients were asked to donate a minimum of  $25, many gave more.  Some didn’t even bother to  get a haircut, manicure or wig fitting – they just showed up to make a donation and have fun. While there, they were able to sip pink champagne, enjoy a buffet and listen to a live DJ – all of which was donated for the cause. Antenna staff donated their tips a well.

“Our community really came together to support a great cause,” Mr. Donner said. “The turnout was so incredible that we continued  the cut-a-thon throughout the week, and we had a lot of fun in the process. That’s important – if you are a cancer survivor, or have been touched by this disease in some way, you deserve to celebrate.”

“This was an incredible outpouring of support on the part of many people,” said Genevieve Schies, Director of Development at Backus. “We are very grateful to have people like JD who are not only willing to raise money, but also awareness, for breast cancer and other health issues. This was a very memorable event ,and we thank everyone who played a part in it.”

The cut-a-thon was a precursor to the Backus Office of Philanthropy and Development’s May 5  Pink Fair, which highlights women’s health services; the third annual Circles of Care  program in May;  and the October  Survivor’s in Fashion show at Foxwoods Resort Casino, which features breast cancer survivors as models. All of these events are part of Backus Hospital’s Breast Health Initiative. For more information visit

“We are very pleased with the momentum that is building,” Ms. Schies said. “Raising money – and awareness — is crucial for a hospital like Backus to carry out its mission to improve the health of the community.  Sometimes what starts out as a small idea can have a really big impact.”