Local woman helped by hair cuts | SierraSun.com

Local woman helped by hair cuts

Joanna Hartman/Sierra SunKim Coburn cuts Dylan Letsinger's hair Sunday afternoon at The Balcony Hair Salon's Cut-A-Thon fundraiser for Tahoe City resident Sue Rossi, who is battling breast cancer.

Donned in pink tees and “God’s Blessing” stickers, the stylists at The Balcony Hair Salon in Tahoe City threw a successful fundraising event Tahoe City resident and fellow stylist, Jan Rossi, in her battle with breast cancer.

The Sept. 10 event raised a grand total of $5,750 from raffle ticket sales, $20 haircuts and general donations, said Kim Coburn, part-owner and stylist at The Balcony. The money will go toward general costs for Rossi’s treatment.

“I just called Sue and told her how much we raised ” we were both almost crying,” Coburn said.

Nearly 100 men, women and children came out to get their locks trimmed in support of Rossi.

“[There are] two reasons I came. Sue’s son is a friend of mine. And I needed a haircut,” said Dylan Letsinger, 17. “I heard about [the fundraiser], and it’s really a good cause.”

Numerous community members and local businesses contributed to the event. Granlibakken donated refreshments, Girl Scout troops baked cookies, Asante Lakeside Fitness, Pete n’ Peter’s and Tahoe City Golf Course, among many others, gave gift certificates for the raffle.

The Balcony has done other benefits in the past and were planning to do another event in the early fall. When Rossi was re-diagnosed with breast cancer, the women of the hair salon determined Rossi the perfect fundraising recipient.

“When we found out, more than ever we wanted to do this for her,” said The Balcony part-owner Robin Roberts. “Sue was so close to us. We work with her and have known her for years. It was the closest way we could give back to the community.”

Rossi was first diagnosed with breast cancer in the late spring of 2001 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, said Coburn. She was re-diagnosed almost five years to the day. She and her husband, Tom, and son, Sam, have been part of the North Tahoe community for a long time, said Coburn. Rossi previously owned The Balcony, sold the salon 10 years ago, but has continued to work as a stylist there.

Unfortunately, Rossi could not take part in Sunday’s benefit. She was at a cancer clinic, The Healing Journey, in San Francisco, said Coburn.

“I’m so blessed to live in this community,” Rossi says in a thank you note she left at the event. “Old friends, new friends and people I don’t even know, praying for me, bringing meals to my family and driving me to Reno for treatment and attending this benefit. All of this carries me through. Thank you doesn’t seem to express how you’ve touched my heart.”

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