Local professional stylist to head up cut-a-thon

Aug. 1 event to benefit CNY Alzheimer's Association

As a sign of gratitude to the place her mother calls home, professional hair stylist Christine Wood, of Liverpool, has decided to host a cut-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 1 at the Clare Bridge of Manlius, 5125 Highbridge St. in Fayetteville.

This event will benefit the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Her mother has been living with dementia for several years on her own with round-the-clock assistance from family members. However, Wood and her family sought alternative housing and found a place for their mother at Clare Bridge almost 18 months ago.

Wood said her mother's depression had dissipated soon after she moved and that her overall attitude was much more enthusiastic.

"Even though the first day of moving in was the most difficult," Wood said. "A few days later she perked up. She has had many moments of happiness while being there."

The opportunity to be "higher functioning" but have assistance nearby has made Wood and her family feel at ease.

"It really is a nice place," Wood said. "If you can't be home, it's definitely the next best place to be."

Wood said she has noticed what a great staff and environment Clare Bridge maintains, and suggested that she wanted to give back to the cause of the local Alzheimer's association by hosting a cut-a-thon where her mother calls home.

Wood, a stylist with more than 20 years of experience, is also a stylist at Shear Fort (c) in the town of Clay.

Also volunteering her time for the cut-a-thon will be Wood's fellow co-worker Laura Gerardi.

Wood said people are welcome to arrive with wet (clean) hair or have their hair washed at Clare Bridge before having their haircut. No blow drying or styling will be done at that time so that Wood and Gerardi can perform as many haircuts as possible.

The minimum donation is $10, but community members are encouraged to donate more if they can.

If you don't need a haircut, Wood encourages people to make donations Aug. 1. Light refreshments will be served at the event for participants.

If you're a certified hair stylist who is interested in participating so that more haircuts can be given, e-mail Christine Wood at iggywood@twcny.rr.com.

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