Heather Prejean, owner of On the Go Hair Designs on Main Street in Saco, knows many women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, including her own clients. In honor of them, for the past six years Prejean and her staff have held a Cut-A-Thon during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money to directly support Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) Center for Breast Care.
The Cut-A-Thon held this past October was the salon’s largest and most successful event so far, requiring a coordinated effort by salon staff and community supporters who raised money in multiple ways. The salon established a fundraising goal of $1,500 then set out to meet it by advertising a raffle and bake sale which were held during the Saco Pumpkin Harvest Festival, and donating proceeds from haircuts and pink streaks toward the cause. To Ms. Prejean’s delight the salon far exceeded its original goal, raising $2,025 during an invigorating and exhausting day that included 40 walk-in haircuts.
"We are incredibly grateful for the donation from On the Go Hair Designs," said SMHC’s Breast Nurse Navigator Helene Langley, RN, BS, CBCN, CN-BN, ONN-CG. "These funds will enable the Center for Breast Care to offer educational materials, social work services, programs such as yoga, and other complementary therapies such as lymphedema massage and acupuncture to our patients at a time in their lives when they need it the most. Without community support and donations, the staff wouldn’t be able to provide these valuable services to the women in our community afflicted by breast cancer."
About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, North Berwick, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit www.smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.
Photo Caption: On the Go Hair Designs presented Southern Maine Health Care with a $2,025 donation from their Cut-A-Thon to support SMHC’s Center for Breast Care. (l-r) Survivor Melissa Gerrish, Survivor Kathy Hooper, Stylist Kandis Lacroix, Stylist Heather Prejean, Stylist Amy Desroberts, Survivor Michelle Makosiej, and Survivor Elizabeth Coleman.