Cutting Hair to Fight Cancer

wigs-helping-women.jpgChicago resident Allison Lerner is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, October 29 for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women Cancer Programs as an outgrowth of her project that she initiated in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. Held during and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lerner is naming the event HAIRoic MEASURES – Those who purchase a ticket to attend the fundraiser will get to see Lerner cut over eight inches of her hair and donate it to the EIF’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths program that makes real-hair wigs for women who’ve lost their hair during cancer treatment. Lerner began to grow her hair last summer in order to cut and donate it.

“A real hair wig allows a woman to look in the mirror and at least see a familiar face while she fights to regain a sense of normalcy in her life during cancer treatment,” notes Allison. “I was inspired to do this because I saw it as an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of these women and empower them when they need it the most.”

The October 29 event is being held at Lottie’s in Bucktown at 1925 West Cortland Street, one block east of Damen. The event will feature great music and food and drink specials – a minimum $15 donation is required for entry (90% of donations go to EIF’s woman cancer programs, and 10% goes to EIF’s Pantene Beautiful Real Women wigs program), and greater donations will give the attendee raffle tickets towards winning different prizes. All visitors are welcome to come to the event.

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