Frank and Jeanette Bottoni of La Rose Men’s Hairstyling know what it’s like to be touched by lymphoma. Their daughter Margaret was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005
Frank and Jeanette Bottoni of La Rose Men’s Hairstyling know what it’s like to be touched by lymphoma. Their daughter Margaret was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005. Not only personally touched, but with friends and clients also living with lymphoma and other cancers, the Bottoni’s wanted to give back to the community: “Because Margaret has done so well, we feel like we were blessed, and knew it was time to give back.” Frank and Jeanette, with the amazing help of Margaret and her husband Vince, their son Peter, and his wife Laura began to plan their unique way to give back. They decided to hold a Hair-Cut-a-Thon at their salon and donate the money towards Lymphoma Foundation Canada.
While their children were instrumental and very encouraging, The Bottonis have also built up a loyal clientele, many of whom are now friends, who came out in large numbers to help support the cause. Jack, who has been getting his hair cut by Frank for over 30 years, came out early in the day. His wife is also a lymphoma survivor, and he said he was so grateful to be able to come out and support Frank and Lymphoma Canada. Barry and his wife, Helen, who is a cancer survivor herself came out as well and offered wonderful support. One young man arrived with his parents, sporting a full head of long, curly locks that he had been growing for over two years, with a goal to donate it all to Angel’s Hair for Kids, a charity that provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment. He left with a stylish new haircut, 10 inches shorter, and a fabulous donation for a great cause! “Now I am going to start growing it again—see you in two years,” he told us as he left.
Everybody pulled together to help with the event. The salon staff, Svetlana, Frank, Joe, and Anthony, were eager and happy to help; some even came in on their day off to support the cause. Local businesses also supported the cause. Good friends Violet and Tom, who run Royal Gate Restaurant in the same plaza, helped bake goods and provided the coffee and tea. In spite of the rainy and chilly weather, clients were treated to home-made biscotti, fresh and delicious coffee, and most people stayed well beyond the few minutes it took to cut their hair.
Together Frank, Jeanette, the staff of La Rose Men’s Hairstyling, and all of their loyal clients and friends raised about $2,100 for Lymphoma Canada. LC is so grateful for their hard work and generosity; it is with the support of our community that we are able to do what we do.