At the age of 55, a devastating diagnosis of cancer last year put an end to Mary Ellen Kuntarich’s life.
“She was just much too young to say goodbye to her kids, Aaron, Sara and Cara (Justin),” recalls Cyndi Rohrbacher, a stylist at Studio One in Highland and a longtime friend of Kuntarich.
On April 28 from 10am-4pm, Studio One will host it’s very first “Cut-a-Thon”, with all proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. The event will feature adult haircuts at $25 and kid’s haircuts for $15 and other activities. “This event is my way of making a difference, so that other kids/parents will not have to say goodbye too soon,” says Rohrbacher.
Participants can decorate luminaries to be displayed at the Relay for Life in Dyer on May 18-19. “Our team is called ‘Mary-Ellen’s Crusaders’ and that’s exactly what we hope to do,” explains Rohrbacher. “I have never participated in the event, but already it’s been amazing in terms of the support we have received.”
Studio One is also planning to serve as an official “Wig Bank”, which allows cancer patients to be fitted for a free wig through the American Cancer Society. “Mary-Ellen passed away last year, and I knew in my heart that we could do something to honor her,” concludes Rohrbacher. “It's going to be an amazing event.”