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Blue Streak for Hope. A Benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Posted on 22 May 2011

Laura Conlon, Dianne Tozzo, Anna Poniros-Giorgi of Knotz Hair Studio.

One of those days when you feel lucky.

This weekend I had the pleasure of going to Knotz Hair Studio in New Rochelle, NY to participate in a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation called Blue Streak for Hope. I was so glad I did.

The odds of me actually getting there on Saturday were slim. My daughters were at a sleepover the night before, then had a softball game in the morning, two birthday parties in the afternoon and a Lacrosse game after the parties. On top of all of it --at 5:00--just when lacrosse ended and the fund raiser began--there was a torrential downpour. It rained as thought the sky was falling which was a bit errie since it was May 21 and apparently the world was going to end according to all the hysterical postings on google.

But we prevailed and trudged on over to Knotz to show our support. I thought the weather would keep people away but the place was packed! Music was playing and there were kids hula hooping at the entrance. Upon entering the staff greeted us with big smiles, thanking us for supporting the fund raiser. In under 10 minutes my daughters and I had blue streak extensions attached into our hair. (Nothing too showy, just a single streak each.) My girls couldn't be happier to have a little hair bling and to be honest it does add a little interest to my brownish-blondish mop. Along with blue streak extensions for a $10 donation, were blow outs and styling for $25 donation, quick blue manicures, face painting, make-up application, and cotton candy--each for $1.00 donation. Jewelry and spring plants for sale with proceeds all going to the foundation. The Knotz staff handed out wine and beverages and directed everyone to the free buffet.

Lucky for us, the world did not come to an end on May 21, 2011 as many doomsday prophecies predicted but tragically children still get cancer. I am grateful we have a spirited group of women at Knotz doing what they can to make a difference and glad my girls and I had a chance in a small way to help too.

Knotz Hair Studio, 241 E. Main St., New Rochelle, NY 10801• 914-576-3931. www.knotzhairstudio.com

More about the Pediatric Cancer Foundation

  • Pediatric Cancer is the #1 cause of non-accidental death in children
  • Every year more than 12,000 infants and children are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer does not discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time.
  • Pediatric Cancer Foundation's mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer. Founded in 1970, this non-profit charity raises money for research, state of the art equipment/instruments and parent/patient care for world renowned doctors at the hospitals PCF supports.

These hospitals include:

New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center
The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

  • PCF receives no funding from the government.
  • PCF receives no funding from pharmaceutical companies.
  • Since 1970, over 90% of every dollar supports our mission to eradicate children's cancer.
  • No child and their family should have to suffer the horror, pain and despair of pediatric cancer. The eradication of this devastating disease depends on groups such as PCF and the generosity of people like you. Please join us as we ...hold the hand of a child.

Your dollars helped fulfill the following featured lifesaving projects below:

  • Research based on clinical trials, which has evolved into new regimens for children with treatment-resistant cancers. PCF's support has made the difference between this lifesaving research laboratory continuing or shutting down.

  • Renewed funding for Pediatric Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award to support faculty researchers. These researchers are looking into the biological processes leading to childhood cancer. Their goal is to develop new therapies that are targeted at disrupting important pathways unique to the cancer cell. In addition, they are working to identify new methods of customizing treatment so that children may receive effective therapy without unnecessary exposure to drugs or agents with potentially debilitating side effects.

  • Continued research and development of antibodies and immune cells to target and destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. This study is called: Targeted Gene Therapy.

  • Continued support for Diamond Blackfan Anemia link to leukemia. With PCF's support, they have discovered 4 additional genes.

  • Continued funding of an integrative medicine program in their pediatric oncology unit. Children battling cancer and enduring conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants struggle with pain, nausea, and depression. This is where nutrition and alternative therapies: yoga, massage and nutritional improvements make a difference. By minimizing the horrible symptoms of treatment, these techniques help children and parents relax, feel better, and aid their in their healing process.

Your donations make a difference. FInd out more abou the Pediatric Cancer Foundation at www.pcfweb.org