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Bald is beautiful

By Staff | Jun 3, 2016

April Adam (left), stylist at Hair Emporium, gives Yvette Rozmarynowski the style she asks for: a full shave in honor of friends and family who have or had cancer.

On Tuesday, Yvette Rozmarynowski shaved her head to remember and honor her family and friends who have had cancer. Rozmarynowski, a cancer survivor, pledged to shave her hair if she raised $5,000 before the Relay for Life, which was held Friday at Johnsen Field.

Rozmarynowski raised the money for this cause through donations, as well as having a bake sale and a garage sale. “I never imagined I would raise $3000, let alone $5000. I have made over that amount, and for that, I want to thank everyone,” she said.

Rozmarynowski was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer in December of 2015 and was fortunate enough to come through the journey without the pain of radiation and chemotherapy, unlike most cancer patients.

“Someone told me that God had a plan for me, for why I survived, and I think this [shaving my hair] is it,” she said.

Rozmarynowski has joined a Relay team this year, along with 14 other members, in honor of those who have battled and are still fighting against cancer. Rozmarynowski is one of many in her family who hold this cause dear, not only because of her own fight with cancer, but also because of her aunt being a two-time breast cancer survivor and her sister-in-law who was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Eleven people total, including family and friends, stood in support of Rozmarynowski as her hair fell to the floor Tuesday at Hair Emporium. As her head was shaved, a smile was painted on Rozmarynowski’s face. “I don’t have to buy shampoo now!” she said, with a laugh.

Rozmarynowski said her main reason for going through with the shave is to give back to all of those who have fought with this disease. The names of over 120 of those people were displayed at the Luminaria Ceremony during the Relay for Life event. She wants to honor and support them, more than anything.

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