NEWTON, NJ - Customers old and new entered Salon FiG, an organic beauty salon and supply boutique in Newton, in a steady stream throughout the day to show their support for 17 year old Danielle Clifford of Paterson for a Cut-A-Thon that lasted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.
Clifford, cousin to Salon FiG stylist Ashlee Barreto, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. According to mayoclinic.com, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer where “cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.”
One of the customers that stopped by the event was Caitlan Connelly, who had her long locks cut and styled by Salon FiG’s Christina Grosso, who said, “I’m here to support the cause. My mom is a cancer survivor and she’s here today getting her hair cut too.”
That positive and generous attitude was one of the most prevalent things seen throughout the day, in both customers and the staff at Salon FiG. Everyone was in high spirits, enjoying the company and willing to donate as much as they were able to help Clifford.
“It’s good, it’s going well,” said Salon FiG owner Colleen Guver-Decker. “We’ve had a lot of participation, even from outside sources like Sweet Treats and Liberty Mutual.”
Salon FiG vowed to donate 50 percent of all haircut costs and 100 percent of the cut cost if a customer donated 8-inches of hair or more to Clifford’s foundation, which will help defray the costs of her treatment.
“It’s pretty amazing, the turnout,” said Barreto. “I’m really surprised at all of the walk-ins. I’m so excited. It was a little slow in the morning, but now it has just gotten crazy.”
One such walk-in was Robert Mangino and his young son. “We saw the sign and decided to come in. It’s a good cause and my son needed a haircut, so it’s a win-win.”
Aside from haircuts, the salon offered colorful hair extensions, refreshments, including cupcakes from Sweet Treats, and three different raffles of hair care products, wine and framed photographs.
Also at the event was Edgar Shepherd from Liberty Mutual, who pledged an additional $10 to Clifford’s foundation for any customer interested in a quote on Home or Auto Insurance.
“I know Colleen from a business network and one of the charities I’ve always supported is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Children and cancer just strikes a chord with me; I really just wanted to do my part.”
All of the patrons were more than happy to wait for the availability of the beauticians, eager to be a part of such a heartwarming cause and event. The event though would not have been possible if not for Barreto putting it all together.
“When Ashlee heard, she wanted to do something. I just thought , 'This is so nice,'" said Clifford’s Aunt, Michel Malone who was with her daughter, both of them waiting to get their hair cut.
The event was a success, and with the funds raised Clifford can keep fighting, with the knowledge that everyone is rooting for her.
Salon FiG is located at 75 Sparta Avenue, Newton. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (973) 300-4247, or click here to visit their website.