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11/28/2012 3:24:00 PM
Henry salon helping women with cancer


NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-SerpetteGina Schlosser holds hair samples in the designated wig resource area in her Henry salon. This year, Schlosser has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs, hats, turbans and scarves to women fighting cancer.
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NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Gina Schlosser holds hair samples in the designated wig resource area in her Henry salon. This year, Schlosser has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs, hats, turbans and scarves to women fighting cancer.
Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer



HENRY — A Henry salon owner has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide free wigs, hats, turbans and scarves to women fighting cancer.
Gina Schlosser, who has owned Gina’s Cut-N-Curl since 1975, has seen friends and family members diagnosed with cancer over the years, including her mother who is a long-time survivor. The ability to have these resources offered locally for women was important to her.
“I have been a licensed cosmetologist for the Look Good … Feel Better program through the American Cancer Society for over 26 years,” Schlosser said.
When she was asked if her salon would be a wig resource center for the area, Schlosser said she immediately said yes.
“It is very important that the resources are brought to where the needs are,” she said. “It is my belief that life is about being there, giving help and hope, when people really need you. My friends and family have been there to see me through the rough times in my life, so with this program, I can give back to them as a volunteer with the knowledge in hair loss, wigs and skincare.”
When a woman calls and makes an appointment, she can look over styles and hair samples at the salon. She can choose one wig and one hair accessory.
Schlosser then puts the order in with the American Cancer Society. The items are shipped to the woman and Schlosser always encourages her to bring the wig to the salon when it arrives. She also provides a free cut to help shape the wig.
Schlosser is pleased with the feedback she has received from the women who have used her services. So far she has helped women from Henry, Varna and Utica.
“They like the personalized attention,” she said.
Appointments offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are free and confidential. Schlosser also is available by appointment when the salon is closed.
To reach her, stop by the salon, 714 Third St., Henry, or call (309) 364-3696.
The American Cancer Society said the salon provides a way to fulfill the wig needs in Marshall County.
“Losing your hair can be a woman’s greatest fear when she is told she has been diagnosed with cancer, and being able to afford a quality wig can be a financial strain,” Courtney Heiser, senior patient representative for both West Central and Northwest Regions of the ACS, said in a press release. “Being able to provide a new, free wig that a woman is proud to wear can bring hope to her during her cancer journey.”












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