Yale School of Public Health offers colorful tresses to support breast cancer research

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Yale School of Public Health Dean Paul Cleary (right) and Professor Robert Heimer model Pink Hair

October is breast cancer awareness month, and according to the American Cancer Society, Connecticut has the second highest rate of breast cancer in the nation. To support the cause in a colorful way, Yale School of Public Health will bring Pink Hair for Hope to New Haven on Oct. 11 to host a pink hair party.

The event is sponsored by the Dean’s Community Connections Committee, in conjunction with Salon Space of North Haven, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pink hair party and information fair will be held in the lower level of 60 College St. For a donation of $10, women—as well as men—can have a lock of bright pink hair attached to their own. 

“Hair extensions will be a fun way for people to show support for friends and loved ones who have battled breast cancer and get them thinking about their own breast health,” said Kelly Edwards, chair of the dean’s committee.  “The information fair we’re holding in conjunction with the “Pink Hair” even will help educate women about how to prevent breast cancer.

More than 230,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, adding to the 2.6 million women who already have a history of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research. To date, the national Pink Hair for Hope campaign has brought together more than 375 salons and raised nearly $2 million to fund breast cancer research.

All are invited to come help make a unique difference. Appointments can be made at Pink Hair for Hope. Walk-ins are welcome and all donations are cash only. 

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