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Nonprofit Hosting Beauty And Wellness Fair For Those Fighting Cancer

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Cut Out Cancer, a West Hartford-based nonprofit, is hosting its first beauty and wellness fair for people on their cancer journey on Oct. 16 in Simsbury.
The nonprofit was started in 2013 by a group of friends after Rachel Marcus, of Avon, had completed chemotherapy and was cancer free. Watching her fight the disease as a group of friends encouraged them to start an organization to help others doing the same.
"Rachel fought breast cancer with incredible courage," said the nonprofit's president, Ronit Shoham. "We all took turns taking her to chemotherapy. It was about camaraderie."
The majority of their work in the last three years has been a program that offers free salon services - everything from hair, nail, and massages - to men and women who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
They partnered with brothers Sergio and Valerio Gurciullo, owners of Milano's Salon and Day Spa in Bloomfield, to provide the services on the second Monday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They've served approximately 250 people since starting the program.
"What people tell us is that they look so forward to spending the day being pampered and relating to other people," said Shoham, of West Hartford. "There's a lot of support."
The nonprofit has been organizing an extension of that program, a beauty and wellness fair, to be held at Hair Gallery at the Mill in the Tariffville part of Simsbury on Oct. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of gently used scarves, hats, and wigs.

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