Putting a smile on the face of breast cancer patients
ST. MICHAELS — Helene Higgins knows breast cancer. Both her mother and an aunt suffered through it. She has had clients at her hair salon in St. Michaels who have had it.
She has helped them through the rigors of chemo therapy by helping them shave their heads so they could wear wigs.
Now she wants to give back to the community.
On Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. her hair salon — St. Michaels Hair Salon 933 South Talbot St. — will be dedicated to helping those in the throes of cancer or who are just coming out of it, to make themselves feel good about themselves.
Higgins and her salon is offering hair cuts, pedicures and manicures, makeup and styling.
“We feel we want to give back to the community for the day,” Higgins said. The clients don’t have to pay for it.
“I know most of them are probably not working and they don’t have that kind of money to do these kinds of things,” Higgins said.
Higgins has spread the word to the “Breast Center” and has posted it on Facebook and in Instagram. She also wants to get the word out through The Star-Democrat. Technically the Breast Center is called the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, but the women who use it know it has the breast center. It serves women in the entire Mid-Shore area. Women with the disease are all welcome.
Both Higgins’ mother and aunt have had breast cancer. She knows what cancer patients go through.
“We have had a lot of cancer in my family. I just felt I wanted to give back,” she said.
It is private. It is a day for those with breast cancer or are in recovery. She has had clients with the disease. She has had some clients come after hours so she could help them shave their heads because their hair was falling out so badly. “I have cried right along with them,” she said.
For women to take part in this day contact the salon at 410-745-4181. Higgins requests that the women make appointment for that day. She wants to be able handle their needs.
The St. Michaels Hair Salon is located at 933 South Talbot St. on the right as you are entering St. Michaels.
Helene Higgins wants to give back to the community.