Hair salon's benefit to aid cancer victim's family

June 10, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

When Donna (Meeks) Powell died in May 1993 of breast cancer at the age of 32, she left a husband, three children and her parents to mourn.

The family was helped by Carroll Hospice, which offers physical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families.

Now, a year later, Carroll Hospice is still in touch with the family and has suggested to a business that Mrs. Powell's children could benefit from its annual fund-raiser.

"We have a client who works at Hospice and they put us in touch with someone to help," said Sherry Waddell, owner of Attitudes Unlimited, a unisex hair salon in Hampstead.

For the past two years, Ms. Waddell and her two beauticians have held a 12-hour "cut-athon" to benefit a charitable organization. Money raised the first year went to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center and last year to the Grant-a-Wish Foundation.

"This year we decided to do it for someone local," Ms. Waddell said. "And I like to do it for children because I have children."

The 1994 cut-athon will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Attitudes Unlimited, 1005 S. Main St. For this day only, all hair cuts and manicures will cost $6.

Raffles also will be held for a first prize of $100 worth of hair care products, second prize of a dinner at J & P Pizza and third prize of a gift certificate for an oil change at Hampstead Performance Center.

Ms. Waddell, April Williams and Heather Collins will cut hair all day. Helen Waddell, Ms. Waddell's mother, will work at the reception desk, and her father, Marty Waddell, will provide entertainment as a clown.

The last two cut-athons have raised about $650 each for the recipients, and Ms. Waddell hopes to raise $1,000 Saturday for Mrs. Powell's children.

After Mrs. Powell's death, her parents, George and Joan Hammersla, took the children into their home. While Mr. Hammersla, 60, works, Mrs. Hammersla, 54, cares for the children at the couple's Brodbecks, Pa., home.

The children's father, Gerald Powell, a construction worker, visits them regularly, she said.

"It was Donna's wish that I take care of the children," Mrs. Hammersla said. "They're doing fine -- we talk about Donna and they know she died of cancer."

But the youngsters -- Michael Meeks, 13, Jerry Powell, 7, and Tiffany Powell, 5 -- also have a more material need that the proceeds from the cut-athon can help meet.

"They need clothing," Mrs. Hammersla said. "They've outgrown most of their clothes from last year."

Appointments are not necessary for the cut-athon. For information, call 239-2616.

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