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Local salon hosts 'Cut-a-Thon' to benefit pancreatic cancer research

Save the date: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

Posted: September 24, 2009 3:24 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:30 p.m.
 
Capelli Salon on Main Street in Old Town Newhall invites members of the community to get clipped at a "Cut-a-Thon" Sunday, Oct. 4 to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

The "Cut-a-Thon" will run concurrently with the Festival of the Arts taking place the entire weekend. "Cut-a-Thon" proceeds will benefit research through PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Haircuts will be $20 for women and $10 for men and children. Capelli owner Sabina Fetters hopes everyone who comes to the Festival of the Arts that day will also stop at the salon for a haircut. Those who don't want a haircut may still pick up a pin promoting pancreatic cancer research for a $5 donation.

"Our past two events benefited the Domestic Violence Center and the American Cancer Society," Fetter said.

After her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, Fetter decided to refocus her fundraising efforts toward research to fight the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal form of cancer in the United States, with a five-year survival rate of only 5 percent. This year more than 42,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 35,000 will die.

Despite the statistics, pancreatic cancer is the most under-funded among leading cancer killers. Only 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute's annual research budget is dedicated to pancreatiic cancer, a figure far too low given the severity of the disease.

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