DENVER (CBS4) – A Cherry Creek hair salon on Sunday took to the streets to give discounted haircuts in the name of charity, and this year’s “Cuts for a Cause” event is helping out victims of blood cancer.
Outside Zuri Salon in Cherry Creek stylists cut hair, not from the comfort of their salon, but outside, lining the street.
“Cuts for a Cause is something that we have done for many, many years,” salon owner Peter Friedauer said.
Friedauer said the annual event offers salon quality haircuts to walk-up patrons for a discounted rate of $16.
“And then donate the money to a charity of our choice,” he said.
This year that choice is DKMS, an organization that wants to “delete blood cancer.”
“Not many people know they can become a potential bone marrow donor,” said Megan Caldwell, who organized this year’s charity partnership.
“They raise money and register people to become potential bone marrow donors,” Caldwell said.
They hoped to register everyone they could to become potential donors. Caldwell says for those with blood cancers seeking transplants the chances of finding a match can be shockingly slim.
“Only about 20 percent of people within their family can find a match,” she said.
Caldwell says the remaining 80 percent have to look outside their families, counting on those who get registered.
“Just a swab on your cheek, glass of water, and your good,” she said.
It’s an easy, small act that in the long run can mean the world to someone in need.
“So it’s important that people get registered because chances are they could someday be a match and a lifesaver for someone else,” Caldwell said.
For more information on becoming a bone marrow donor, visit deletebloodcancer.org.