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Greenwich Salon Fights Childhood Cancers

Nancy Cepallos, the curly-haired owner of Magnolia Salon in Greenwich's Byram neighborhood , is helping to support childhood cancer research, one blue hair extension at a time.

Magnolia Salon is one of nine salons in Fairfield and Westchester counties that is giving visitors a blue ribbon hair extension as part of the Blue Streak for Hope to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation .

“It’s really popular,” Cepallos said over the sound of hair dryers and conversations among other stylists and clients in the small but bustling salon. “A lot of kids and young teenagers have been coming in to get it done."

When customers go to Magnolia and donate $10 for Blue Streak for Hope, they receive a bright blue hair extension — a stylish symbol of solidarity to help fund research to fight pediatric cancer.

“It’s so easy, too. Every $10 we get we send out in an envelope, and it’s such a great cause,” Cepallos, comb in hand, said as she finished setting a customer's hair in rollers.

Chair of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation Stefanie Mittman spearheaded the Blue Streak of Hope project to help raise money to eradicate childhood cancer. Mittman, who started with the organization 13 years ago as a volunteer, has watched the Blue Streak of Hope grow since its inception in 2008 from one salon to nine.

The organization has collected nearly $3,000 and expects donations to reach new highs thanks to the additional participating salons, Mittman says. “It’s been very rewarding to see,” she said. “We’ve reached out to these salons, and they agreed to buy the ribbons themselves and promote the project.”

Mittman said the salons participate for reasons beyond the financial — but the project has attracted more customers. “They do it because they want to,” she said. “They are happy to give back in such a simple way.”

The idea sprouted from the organization’s annual Bikeathon, held in mid-May, which the group has run since 2000. The event invites bicyclists to ride on the Bronx River Parkway, finishing across the street from the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Magnolia Salon is located at 259 Mill St . For more information on the campaign and more ways to contribute to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, visit its website or call 914-777-3127.

Do you or your child have Blue Streak for Hope yet? Do you know of any other unique fundraisers happening in Greenwich?

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