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Londonderry salon thinks pink for breast cancer fundraiser

Union Leader Correspondent

September 30. 2012 7:52PM
Tiffanie Gurley, a nail technician at Salon Bogar in Londonderry, put finishing touches on a coworker's "Pink Ribbon" pedicure on Friday. Proceeds from the special spa treatments will go towards breast cancer charities. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
LONDONDERRY - At a Londonderry salon, staff members are thinking pink as they join in the fight against breast cancer.

Through the month of October, just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Salon Bogar will be offering a variety of special spa treatments aimed at raising funds and awareness for several cancer charities.

The cause hits close to home.

This past June, Londonderry native Jaime Ruggiero, whose cousin, Vanessa Guerin, is a nail technician at the local salon, received devastating news.

The 35-year-old mother of three was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy the following month.

'Wishing it would go away is not enough,' said Ruggiero, who now lives in Goffstown with her husband, Chris, and their children. 'Early detection and providing research for the future is what we need.'

In Ruggiero's honor, Guerin gathered up nine of her coworkers and formed a walking team for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

The walk will take place Oct. 21 in Manchester, and the salon's team, 'Jaime's Journey,' is already well on its way to reaching their $6,000 fundraising goal.

'Even though its named after our own journey, it's very much a great way to pay it forward to all of our daughters, sisters, friends, mothers and all other beautiful women diagnosed with this devastating disease in the future,' Guerin said.

A portion of the proceeds from each of the salon's 'Signature Pink' and 'Pink Ribbon' manicures and pedicures will be added to the team's funds, benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Those indulging in a $55 Pink Ribbon manicure or pedicure will indulge in everything pink, from a frothy, pink foot soak to a hydrating pink lotion.

A tiny pink ribbon or pink rhinestone is a finishing touch, with all participating clients treated to a refreshing pink cocktail.

The salon is also offering $10 pink hair extension for more adventurous clients.

'We wanted to do something different and special for this cause,' Guerin said. ' A lot of the salons offer the hair extensions, but no one else that we know of has Pink Ribbon nail treatments.'

Despite her battle, Ruggiero said she's hopeful for the future.

Halfway through her course of chemotherapy, she's lost her hair but not her enthusiasm for reaching out to others.

'My path has been paved but I'm asking everyone to play a little part in paving the path of our children's future,' she said. 'Everyone has a story. Everyone has a struggle. This is our family's journey.'

Salon Bogar, located at 25 Orchard View Drive in Londonderry, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact the salon at 434-2424 or visit

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