Cut-a-thon raises awareness about breast cancer at Bella Salon in Boca Raton
3:46 PM, Oct 6, 2013
Bella Salon in Boca Raton partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and money Sunday morning.
Tia Nepi, came in to honor her mother Grace who fought a long battle after developing the disease when she was in her sixties.
Grace passed away in 2011 at eighty, a month after her last cancer survivor walk.
Nepi wears the shirt her mother wore in her honor.
Nepi said, "She couldn't really walk, she was very frail but this is her old shirt from the first walk we did when she had a lot of weight on her, then when she got too thin, we got her a new shirt and she sat and waited for me and I did the walk for her."
Linda Presutti, owner of the salon, along with staff, opened on their day off to give back.
"We all are aware of all the women's issues involving breast cancer, not only for ourselves and each other but for our clients and the community," said Presutti.
Presutti knows all too well what it feels like to lose a loved one to cancer.
She said, "My husband who was our partner here, when we opened the salon. He passed away in March from cancer, just this past year, so we know he would have loved this and supported it."
The American Cancer Society says more than a 120,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer nationwide this year and more than 12,000 will be from Florida.
Mary Coup, a volunteer with the organization said, "There's so much we can do in our offices, in our country clubs, in restaurants, in salons and so it all comes together."
The American Cancer Society will hold a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Mizner Park on October 26th.