Salons Rally to Support One Family’s Leukemia Fight

When Sales Consultant Julie Howes of Salon Services, a local beauty distributor, first heard that her good friend and one of her top clients Dayna Cakebread’s young daughter, Stella, had recently been diagnosed with leukemia she was saddened, shocked… and determined to help. Dayna is the owner of Portland’s first 100% “green” salon, Belle Epoque.

When Julie heard the news of Stella’s illness she says she was, “shocked to say the least, and as a mother myself, even more so.” It didn’t take long for Julie to get involved, “After learning the news,” Julie went on to say, “a very close friend of Dayna’s, Amanda Williams jumped into action: immediately orchestrating support for Dayna. Amanda and I both agreed that we needed the salon community’s help and support.”

Thus was hatched the plan to host a “Cut-a-Thon,” a fundraiser among salons where stylists donate the entire proceeds from their day’s services to a worthy cause, in this case helping Stella’s family pay her medical expenses. The Rock Star Stella Cut-a-Thon is on March 21, 2010 from 9am–5pm.

Several Portland area salons (Belle Epoque, Arabella, Evolution Salon, Tribe Hair Studio, and Modish Salon, to name a few) and one Seattle area salon (Source) have already signed on as official Rock Star Stella Cut-a-Thon locations. In addition, stylists from Cypress Day Spa, Strut Salon and Vidal Sassoon in Seattle have also agreed to donate their time to the effort. More salons and stylists are expected to donate their time to the cause as well. In addition, stylists can donate online or leave a personal note for Stella and her family at her website,

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