Frasada raises funds for childhood cancer research | Herald Community Newspapers

By Tom Carrozza tcarrozza@liherald.com

Frasada Salon and Day Spa in Oceanside began its month-long “Cut-a-thon” to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Children’s Health Initiative and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The effort began in September and ends on October 27.

The month started on September 27 with a marathon of haircuts, after which the salon has been accepting donations ever since. The funds raised will aid research, free education and support for children and families, and advocacy. Frasada employee Kayla Gliptis helped call all the salon and spa regulars to announce the event.

One of the salon and spa’s regulars contacted owner Gabby Concialdi six years ago to organize the event for the entire month. The goal of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Children’s Health initiative is to raise $100 million. It is not clear how much has been raised so far.

“It’s nice to be able to give something back and feel like you’re making a difference,” said Concialdi. This year’s event was a return after a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Raffle baskets of hair and skin products were also raffled to support the charity and complement the Cut-a-thon. According to Concialdi, the baskets range in value from $100 to $400 dollars.

The hairdressers came in on one of their days off to host the charity event and said they were looking forward to it. Arlene Serrano, of Lynbrook, has worked at Frasada for 14 years. “It feels good for us to give back and help these children,” Serrano said. “I never thought I could use my career to help a cause like this.”

To donate, visit www.lis.org/lis-childrens-initiative-cures-and-cares-children.

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