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Kamloops hair salons participating in Streak for Cancer fundraiser

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October 14, 2016 - 10:57 AM

KAMLOOPS - Pink is the new purple - especially for the month of October when stylists are adding a punch of colour to clients’ hair for a good cause.

Salons across the Southern Interior are uniting for “Streak for Cancer," an independent fundraiser aimed at raising some serious style, awareness, and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, participating salons are arming their staff with pink hair dye. For a $10 donation, clients can get a pink streak to show their support for women facing breast cancer, a disease that affects over 3,000 British Columbian women each year. Each salon will do the event a little differently, including the type of streak (permanent, temporary or hair extension) and whether or not the event is for one day or the entire month.

“This is a fun, simple way for people to show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month," says Jennifer Harbaruk, Annual Giving Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society. “We’ve come a long way since 1986 when breast cancer patients had a 73 per cent chance of survival. Thanks to significant investment in breast cancer research, the survival rate is now 88 per cent − that’s more than a 20 per cent increase!”

“When breast cancer is caught early, the chances of successful treatment are far better,” says Harbaruk, “and regular mammograms are the most reliable early detection tool. Another way to prevent breast cancer is to reduce your risks by not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight and making sure you eat well and stay active.”

Salon owners or stylists interested in Streak for Cancer can connect directly with their local Society office. The community is encouraged to get out and get streaked at participating salons or support the cause by making a donation online. The fundraising page is a place for donors to make a general donation to Breast Cancer research.

To follow the colour as it paints its way across the Southern Interior, check out the Facebook page: Streak for Cancer - Canadian Cancer Society.

The Society is open to other independent ideas that raise funds and awareness for cancer research and support programming. Community members with a great idea and the drive to start up an independent fundraiser for the Society are encouraged to pop into the Kamloops office, located at 214-141 Victoria Street or call 250-374-9188.

To be connected with an expert who can answer questions or find out more about how the Society's programming can assist an individual on the road from diagnosis, to treatment and recovery, please call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.

Participating salons in Kamloops:

Genesis Fashion & Beauty Complex (319 Victoria Street) – 250-374-9755 – Pink Streaks by donation.
Headhunters Salon & Wellness Centre (350 Seymour Street) – 250-372-5375 – “Flip Your Wig” – October 12th, 2016

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