The reality for Maimah Karmo, at just 32 years young, was a diagnosis of breast cancer. Maimah’s daughter was just three years old at the time. Thankfully, Maimah’s faith and tremendous family support got her through her treatments. She emerged on the other side a transformed woman and wanted to create an organization that would help other young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus was born the Tigerlily Foundation. Tigerlily Foundation committed to educating young women around the world about breast cancer and empowering them to be their own best advocates. She is dedicated to changing the young adult breast cancer landscape and seeks to impact the quality of care and lifestyle for young women affected by this disease.
A few quick facts about breast cancer:
- Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer
- 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed
- 70% of those diagnosed have zero family history of the disease
- 81% of those diagnosed will beat the disease
Please take a moment to watch this short video to learn more:
This October, in addition to participating in our 10th annual Pink Hair for Hope campaign, we will be donating $1 from every haircut to Tigerlily Foundation.
We are so very excited and honored to announce that we were selected to be featured by Capital One Small Business in their Biggest Fan campaign! Keep your eyes open for a roving van driving around Northern Virginia with the following ad displayed. If you spot the van and can SAFELY take a pic, please post to our Facebook page to win a special gift from us! Thank you to Tracy C. for being a Salon Khouri Enthusiast!!
We are once again offering yellow-gold extensions for $10 with all proceeds being donated to the Pediatric Dream Team through The Truth 365! Please come in this September and show your support – #GoGold!
We are working hard to turn Gold Hair for a Cure into a national program with She by SO.CAP. If you have two seconds, please send them an email to let them know how much it would mean to you if they implemented a National Program with The Truth 365!
The Childhood Cancer Awareness movement is growing. Our hope is that the color gold instantly makes people think, “childhood cancer awareness” just as pink conjures up “breast cancer awareness” for many. Yes, the movement is growing, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
There have been only three drugs in the past twenty years approved by the FDA that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer. And that number grew from two to three just this year. This is simply not acceptable.
The National Cancer Institute spends just 4% of it’s federal research dollars on childhood cancer research funding. Just 4%. This is simply not acceptable.
The incidents of childhood cancer have increased 29% in the past twenty years. As our friend Tom Mitchell at Stillbrave said, “we spend more as a nation on potato chips than we do finding a cure for various childhood cancers.” This is simply not acceptable.
There are more facts on childhood cancer, but you are probably getting a little overwhelmed thinking, “what can I do?” Well, the truth is, there’s a LOT you can do!
First, you can sign the Petition on The Truth 365 website asking Congress to make children a national priority by increasing federal funding for childhood cancer research.
You can volunteer with local organizations such as Stillbrave, Ellie’s Hats, Kyle’s Kamp, Journey4ACure, participate in CureFest on September 20th, or email us to get connected to other many wonderful groups.
You can come into Salon Khouri during the month of September and get a haircut or a yellow-gold hair extension. We are donating $1 from every haircut in both our Dulles Landing and Fairfax locations to The Truth 365. We are donating net proceeds from the $10 yellow-gold hair extensions as well! Or, come see us at CureFest to learn more about how to implement a Crazy Hair Day at your school to raise money and awareness for childhood cancers.
Will you promise that you will do just one thing on this list? Then, tell someone about it. Ask them to do one thing too. Let’s keep the movement going! Help us spread awareness!
Ask any child in Northern Virginia who is fighting or who has fought cancer, “Who is Tattoo Tom?” and they will likely crack the widest grin you’ve ever seen. “Tattoo” Tom Mitchell is the founder of the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation whose mission is to provide non-medical, supportive care to children with cancer and their families. Their mission is to help families of children battling cancer in any way that Stillbrave can:
While they are fighting the toughest war of their lives, we will fight their lesser battles, so they don’t have to. We are not only here to support children with cancer; we are here to help ease the burden of the family and the caregivers who are fighting battles of their own.
Stillbrave does everything from helping families pay bills, to providing gas and grocery cards, to helping with household chores like yard work and repairs, and even babysitting. But something Stillbrave gives that is not mentioned in the list on their website is Tom’s heart. Yes, this man who may intimidate most by his burly, tattooed appearance, is actually a man with a gigantic and giving heart. He sits with children for hours at the hospital. He dances with them, and plays games with them. He holds their hands when they are scared. He holds their little bodies when they wake up from procedures and they ask for Tom instead of mom. Tom gives of himself to these kids in such a beautiful way. Tom knows first hand what it’s like to have a child battle cancer: Tom lost his daughter, Shayla, to cancer when she was just 16 years old. As Tom gives of his huge heart to these little ones, they help to fill it with more love. But his heart is clearly battle torn. There are holes that will never be filled — there is a huge hole left when he lost his daughter Shayla. And there is a new hole each time Tom loses another one of the kids he loves: Gabby, Lily and Mathias to name just three from a list that should never even have one name on it.
Raising money for non-profits, especially in a down economy, you have to be creative. In 2013, Tom ran in the Northface Endurance Challenge Gore-Tex 50 miler and sought donations for Stillbrave. Then, in 2014, he up’d the ante and ran in the Mohican Trail 100. Yes, 100 miles. On his feet. To get through the race, Tom dedicated each mile to a child who is fighting, has fought, or who lost their battle to cancer. Mile 100 was dedicated to Tom’s daughter Shayla. “I am Stillbrave for her,” Tom told WJLA news last year during the Mohican 100. This year, Tom will be running in the Tahoe 200 mile ultra marathon. Two hundred miles is the approximate distance from DC to Virginia Beach! Tom is again dedicating each mile to a child who has lost, is fighting or who has fought cancer. And again, he is seeking donations for Stillbrave by running this race. Tom is asking for Mile Sponsors – individuals and companies who will step forward and donate $1,000 to sponsor a mile in honor or memory of one of the children for whom Tom is running. As of August 1st, Tom has raised $75,542 of his $200,000 goal. [Click here to sponsor a mile!]
Salon Khouri is sponsoring mile 65 in honor of Kate Rhoades, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was just two years old. I’ve known Kate’s mom, Lindsay, for 17 years; we met while working at a non-profit in Old Town. Jonathan and I had our third child just a few months before Lindsay gave birth to Kate. I won’t forget the day I learned of Kate’s diagnosis with leukemia in August of 2013. Tears streamed down my face as I knew all too well the long and frightening road ahead of them. Kate’s chemo began immediately — in August of 2013 — and will be ending in six weeks from now … take a moment to let that timeframe sink in. We knew it would be a long and difficult road for Kate and her parents as Jonathan and I had unfortunately already experienced friends whose children were diagnosed with cancer. And yet, organizations like the National Cancer Institute appropriate only 4% of their research dollars to childhood cancer because it’s “rare.” You can read more about the cold, hard facts of childhood cancer here.
We are so very passionate about these kids. We pray that we will soon see a cure. And we will continue to do what we can to help. The children Tom is running for continue to inspire us. People like Tom inspire us. They will keep fighting, and so will we!
To additionally help Stillbrave, we will be collecting gas, grocery and restaurant cards during the month of August. The next time you are in the checkout line, grab a giftcard to bring in! To thank you for your help, everyone bringing in a gift card for Stillbrave will be entered into a drawing to win a 60 minute Salon Khouri Signature Facial.
October 5, 2014 was a day that started what has been a long journey for the Fenske family. After experiencing troubling stomach pain, Peter was admitted to the hospital for a case of pancreatitis. After three days, it was determined that Peter had gallbladder disease. On November 10th, Peter had his gallbladder removed. During the operation, the doctors found cysts on Peter’s liver and a growth in his gallbladder. After two weeks, his doctor called and said the word no one ever wants to hear: cancer. After some treatments in Virginia, the Fenske’s decided the best place to treat Peter would be at the Cancer Treatment Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Their journey has been filled with much joy and much sorrow – many highs and many lows. Communities have rallied around to support the family through many, many prayers, cooking meals, and helping with the Fenske’s two sweet, young children Allison and Aiden.
There are so many expenses involved in battling cancer. These expenses come at a time when the family needs to focus on healing and supporting each other, and not worrying about how additional expenses will be met.
We are holding a raffle to win a half day of beauty at Salon Khouri — all monies raised will be donated to Peter’s GoFundMe to help the family with expenses. The half day of beauty will include a hair color and cut, a conditioning treatment, a Signature Facial, a brow wax and a paraffin hand treatment.
Additionally, the gracious owners of Kid Junction in Chantilly, VA have donated 10 passes to Kid Junction, Chantilly.
Raffle tickets are $5 each. You can purchase raffle tickets using the buttons below. You will have the option to choose more than one raffle ticket on the next screen — the more you purchase, the better your odds are, and you are helping lighten the financial burden of the Fenkse’s, and for that, we are so grateful:
We just love the simplicity of the mission statement of International Justice Mission: We are a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.
Typically, when we think of helping the poor, the first thing that comes to mind is food and shelter. These are clearly needed and it’s a blessing that people come forward to help with the most basic of needs. However, the poor are often neglected when it comes to justice. They are stepped on, forgotten, abused and left without defense. That’s where the International Justice Mission steps in. Their global team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work in nearly 20 communities.
Their work includes rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, giving victims the support and tools they need to heal and thrive, and strengthening justice systems by stopping violence before it starts.
Did you know that 32 million people are enslaved worldwide? And that 1 out of 5 women is a victim of rape or attempted rape? And that 5 million people are chased from their homes every day?
This April, we will be donating $1 from every haircut to this very important organization doing amazing work around the world to help bring justice to the poor.
Updated 3-3-2015 … here are some photos of our 2015 Polar Dip … brrrr!!!! The salon raised and donated over $5,000 toward the event and the event overall raised over $114k for Camp Sunshine! We are looking forward to teaming up again for next year!!!!
Since 2007, Salon Khouri has been holding various fundraising events and donating to childhood cancer groups to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. In July, we were asked by the lovely founder of the Reston Virginia Polar Dip, Gail Toth, to jump in the Virginia Polar Dip. It seemed like a GREAT idea … in July. Now that it’s January, and the dip is sneaking up on is in February, it seems like a CRAZY idea. However, we will do just about anything for these kiddos, so we are happy to take the plunge!!!!
All money goes to support Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine also provides bereavement sessions for families who have lost a child to supported illnesses.
Please help our team reach our goal by making a donation to our team or, better yet, become a member of our team and take the plunge with us! Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE haircut or facial. Anyone who joins our team receives a FREE haircut!!!
EVENT DATE: 02/07/2015
Plunge: 2 PM
Registration: 12 PM
Location: Reston Community Center, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston, VA 20190
With the strength of an event such as the Virginia Polar Dip and the resources of Camp Sunshine, it is our goal to raise in excess of $100,000.00 in 2015. That is enough to send 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to attend Camp Sunshine.
Here’s how YOU can help. Silpada is having a retiring pieces sale — up to 40% off! Your purchase will directly help me raise money for Camp Sunshine. You can shop here to support the fundraiser: https://bit.ly/SilpadaCampSunshine. (You can also join the Salon Khouri team from that link and jump with us!!!) Or, if you are all blinged out at the moment, you can donate to the Salon Khouri team directly here: https://bit.ly/SKPolarDip2015.