Putting a smile on the face of breast cancer pa­tients

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS - By RICHARD POLK rpolk@ches­pub.com rpolk@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY RICHARD POLK

He­lene Hig­gins wants to give back to the com­mu­nity.

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