NEW YORKThe Comprehensive Breast Center of St. Lukes
Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan joined forces with the Vidal Sassoon
Salon to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
with free beauty makeovers for breast cancer patients.
A New Do
Pat Leddomado from Yonkers had a mastectomy recently at the age of
38. In anticipation of hair loss from her chemotherapy, she asked
Lina from the Vidal Sassoon Salon for a new cut. She wanted her
shoulder length locks trimmed short so that the expected hair fallout
wont be so traumatic.
But shedding ones well-tended locks is never easy: My
hair, my hair, Pat said, casting a sideways glance at the dark
hair accumulating on the floor of the Breast Centers library,
which had been turned into a beauty salon for the occasion.
Stilla new Pat was emerging.
Her mother, who had come along for the event, liked what she saw.
Bella! Bella! she said beaming at her daughters new
There was another mother and daughter team that day, Kristen
Kilkenny, 29, of Westchester, who recently had a lumpectomy and
radiation, and her mother, Eileen Lange, who had breast cancer 10
years ago. Kristen has three little kids. She didnt get
much pampering after her operation, Eileen said.
But today, green-eyed Kristen looked radiant as she had her hair,
nails, and makeup done. Kristen said she was very hopeful about the
future because her cancer was caught at a very early stage.
The chairs in the Breast Centers library were filled with women
surrounded by manicurists, hair stylists, and makeup artists. Sallow
faces looked brighter, expressive eyes became even more so. I
never had so much attention, one woman commented.
And Pat Leddomado now had a new problem. She loved her short hair so
much that losing it could be just as traumatic as losing my
long hair would have been, she said.