Local salon holds benefit for teen breast cancer survivor - WKRN News 2

Local salon holds benefit for teen breast cancer survivor

Posted: Updated: Oct 19, 2012 09:42 PM
Ashley Roby, 15, is the youngest breast cancer patient Vanderbilt has ever treated Ashley Roby, 15, is the youngest breast cancer patient Vanderbilt has ever treated
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A local salon hosted an event Friday evening to help a 15-year-old Mt. Juliet high school student battling breast cancer.

Ashley Roby is the youngest breast cancer patient Vanderbilt has ever treated. She was diagnosed with the disease when she was just 14 and has already undergone a double mastectomy.

Though Eva Clarke and Shana Dyer have never met the teen, they say her story touched their hearts so much they decided to do something to help her.

"That hit us really close to home and hard, how young she is," said Clarke.

"When we heard about Ashley that's where we knew we wanted our money to go," added Dyer.

The women, who co-own Harlow Salon in Nashville, held a fundraising event Friday at their Demonbreun Street salon to raise money for the teen and her family.

"We felt, being a business in Nashville, we'd like to be able to give back," Clarke continued.

"She's been through so much at such a young age," Dyer said. "I think she needs to know that Nashville is fighting for her."

Laura Pigitt attended Friday's event. The mother of two told Nashville's News 2 that Roby's story touched a nerve with her.

"The courage and strength that this young lady carries forward is just a true testimony to the type of person she is, said Pigitt.

Attendees added pink to their hair, through colored hair extensions and a chalk-based dye to show their support.

Baked goods and cosmetics, many of them going along with the pink theme, were for sale, with proceeds benefiting Roby and her family.

For Dyer, the event was as much about awareness as it was raising funds.

"We need to realize that children are getting cancer and they're getting adult cancers," she said.

Breast cancer affects over 230,000 women every year, but rarely anyone Roby's age.

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