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Published June 04, 2013, 09:35 PM

Fargo salon is making cancer survivors feel beautiful, for free

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- This year alone, nearly 600,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer. Almost half of those will be women.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- This year alone, nearly 600,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer. Almost half of those will be women.

To celebrate the lives of ladies who can call themselves survivors. A Fargo salon is making them feel beautiful,for free.

Judy Holmgren- Valley City Caner Survivor: "It's a journey"

From moms to grandmas, sisters to daughters, cancer is all around us, now empowering these ladies with one single word.

Holmgren: "Survivor"

Fargo's Salon Professional Academy wants to give something back to the women who've fought so hard.

Gail Bartkowviah- Moorhead Cancer Survivor: "I'm having a ladies day out"

Offering a free day of pampering.. For women like Gail Bartkkowviah.. Who beat her first bout about 25 years ago.

Bartkowviah: "Big accomplishment, but I just dealt with pre-cancer six weeks ago and had surgery with that"

Sarah Lundblad- Academy Director: "They've been through such a long journey, so we want to make sure that they know they have a support system here."

Their books are packed full of women who each have a different story.

Holmgren: "Well I really appreciate them, everybody thinking about people who have went through that."

Giving complimentary services from haircuts to facials.

Lundblad: "While many things in their appearances may have changed throughout their journey, they are still beautiful inside and outside."

Holmgren: "And it makes you feel special"

And a day of celebration and hope for all women, who one day dream of being cancer free.

Lundblad: "That healing touch is just something they can really benefit from"

Bartkowviah: "I wish more places would do it, for a woman to feel good about themselves and look good."

The event was part of Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day.. And all of The Salon Profession Academy locations across the country participated.

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