People who want to make a fashion statement and send a message that they support cancer research can purchase blue hair extensions from two local salons.Nine hair salons in Westchester County are selling the blue hair extensions for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation as part of the "Blue Streak of Hope" project.Among the participating salons selling the $10 extensions are Hair Everything in Larchmont and Cindy's Hair Studio in Mamaroneck."As long as I still have them, I'm going to keep taking donations," Dina Mottola, co-owner of Everything's Hair, said of the extensions.Harrison native and chairperson of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation Stefanie Mittman spearheaded the project to help the organization raise money to eradicate childhood cancer.Mittman, who started with the organization 13 years ago as a volunteer, watched the project grow since its inception in 2008 from one participating salon to the current nine.According to Mittman, the organization has already collected close to $3,000 and expects donations to reach new highs thanks to the additional participating salons.Its been very rewarding to see, she said. Weve reached out to these salons and they agreed to buy the ribbons themselves and promote the project.Mittman said salons have participated for reasons beyond the financial aspect, but the project has still helped them in getting more people in the door. One salon in White Plains, La Bottega, donated all tips they received.They do it because they want to, she said. They are happy to give back in such a simple way.The idea sprouted from the organizations annual Bikeathon, which the group has run since 2000. The event invites bicyclists to ride on the Bronx River Parkway finishing across the street from the County Center in White Plains.More information on this and more ways to contribute to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation can be found at their Web site, www.pcfweb.org. They can also be reached at (914) 777-3127.
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