caption: Local Barber Shop Employees wear T-shirts with Rays of Hope Foundation logo to spread awareness during October
October 15, 2015, Atlanta, Ga.—Employees at Q’s Traditional Cuts, a barber shop that caters mainly to professional men, are wearing T-shirts during October in homage to breast cancer awareness month. Desiring to raise awareness about a specific, homegrown organization, the employees’ T-shirts also include the logo of Rays of Hope Foundation (ROH). ROH is a local, nonprofit organization that helps provide basic needs to single mothers battling breast cancer.
According to Tenora Finley, founder of ROH and a patron of the barber shop, she was extremely honored to have been included in this visual testament to all the individuals suffering from this disease. “I brought my sons in for their haircuts this Saturday, and the sight of all the employees in these commemorative T-shirts nearly brought me to tears,” Finley said. “I am so grateful that of all the reputable organizations in existence, Q’s chose to use our logo, the ROH logo, in its efforts to support breast cancer awareness.”
Finley, a single-mom to two children, who was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, founded the nonprofit in order to fill the needs of women going through treatment who don’t have the additional help that a spouse or partner might typically provide.
Through her own experiences, she realized that assistance with childcare, transportation to-and-from treatment and meal preparation were paramount in counteracting the stress related to healing. “Without the generous support of my friends and family, I wouldn’t have been able to fully focus on getting better,” Finley said. “Throughout my recovery, I thought about all the women who weren’t as blessed with the support I received, and I decided I wanted to help them.”
Mr.Quick, owner of Q’s, was eager to participate in the cause. Not only does he know Finley personally, but he has experienced hardships in his own family due to breast cancer. Mr.Quick proudly announced that all employees would be sporting their T-shirts, with the ROH logo, every Saturday during the month of October. The motto—“real men wear pink for the cure”—is a statement that Mr.Quick hopes will start a dialogue about breast cancer amongst his patrons.
“Q’s isn’t just a spot where men come and get their hair cut. It’s an age-diverse community of men and boys, fathers and sons, connecting and interacting about whatever happens to come to mind that day,” Mr.Quick explains. “If one person leaves the shop with a little more knowledge about breast cancer and specifically about the ROH Foundation, I’ll know we’ve accomplished something.”
Since ROH’s inception in 2014, nearly 232,340 people have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those, almost 25% have been single women going through treatment. Learn more how to help at http://raysofhopefoundation.net/.
About Rays of Hope Foundation
Founded in 2014, Rays of Hope (ROH) is a nonprofit organization that provides support to single mothers with breast cancer—from treatment through recovery. ROH provides transportation to treatment facilities, meal delivery and childcare. For more information, visit http://raysofhopefoundation.net/.
Jillian M. LaPorta
Marketing & Support
About Q’s Traditional Cuts
Opened in May 2015, Q’s Traditional Cuts is a classic barber shop that is deeply rooted in the community. With pride and consistency, Q’s Traditional Cuts, offers quality haircuts to men, women and children, while at the same time providing a relaxing atmosphere where clients can congregate. For more information visit http://www.qstraditionalcuts.com/.
Owner & Operator