MOORESTOWN >> A young stylist and her employer Caryn & Co. Salon & Spa is set to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation raise funds to help people they personally know affected by breast cancer.

Rachel Fiume-Cannon of Cinnaminson, just turned 36 years old, but she has been a close witness to two close friends dealing with breast cancer in her age group, and she lost another friend to cervical cancer at only 30 years old.

Cannon has seen how much breast cancer research has helped her two close friends and many of her friends, relatives and customers diagnose their disease and get through treatment and post treatment life. Cannon has also seen the devastating effects breast cancer and its treatment have had on her two close friends who battled the disease in their 30s.

“I feel people don’t realize how important research is until it affects their lives in a personal way,” said Cannon, who wanted to host an event during breast cancer awareness month this October to help raise research funds and awareness. She wants to hold events annually for the cause.

“I think it’s important to raise awareness that even young women in their 20s and 30s get diagnosed with breast cancer, and people don’t realize how important research funds have been in saving lives.”

From noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, the stylists at Caryn & Co. Salon & Spa at 220 Young Ave. in Moorestown will give the following services for a $20 donation to the BCRF: hair cut and quick blow dry, pink hair extensions, nail polishing, mini massage and eye brow waxing. No appointments are necessary and the salon will provide light snacks.

Caryn Procaccini, the owner of Caryn & Co. Salon & Spa, lost her live-in grandmother to breast cancer when she was only 9 years old. She is happy to open her salon to help Cannon raise funds.

Cannon’s two friends (both from Maple Shade) Michelle Kammerhoff-Stec, 40, and Michelle Teel, 39, were diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 and 30 years old. Cannon has participated in three, annual breast cancer walks with Stec and her family at Cooper River Park to contribute to fundraising, but this year she wants to do more.

“It’s a horrible, horrible disease I have seen my two friends and some of my customers go through,” said Cannon.

“And the people alive today are still here because of the research. I think it’s important to raise awareness for women’s health in general. If women get annual checkups and perform self breast exams, some of this can be preventable.”

Patricia Fiume Rafferty, Cannon’s mother, has had many of her own friends deal with breast cancer and she has seen how much funds raised by the BCRF have helped Stec during her breast cancer battle. “This organization has helped Michelle (Stec) so much,” she said.

“Please help them raise more money to help more people.”

To donate directly to the salon’s campaign visit: Caryn & Co. Salon & Spa is halfway to its $500 goal for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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