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Salon collects gifts for patients of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
ARLINGTON Debbie and Randy Howell, owners of the Magic Shears Styling Salon on Olympic Avenue, hope that both patrons and passersby will pitch in for a cause thats close to the couples hearts.
The Howells son, Cameron, died of cancer two years ago, at the age of 26, so for the second year in a row, the Howells are asking for donations of gifts to go to the patients of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Were looking to collect stuff that gives parents something to do with their kids, Debbie Howell said. Small stuff, like toys, puzzles, coloring books and crayons. Parents whose children are patients will wind up spending a lot of hours down there, and theres not a lot of fun things for them to do.
Last year, the Howells were able to fill up their nearly three-foot-tall box about four or five times, a total theyd like to be able to beat this year, in no small part because Ken and Shirley Countryman already filled the Howells box at least once with their own donations.
They gave us a bunch of little cars, Howell said. Leave it to Kenny. So if you want to top him and Shirley, youll need to get busy.
The Howells set their collection box out Dec. 4 and plan to accept donations until Dec. 22, but this annual drive is only one of the various organizations for cancer research and care that they support during course of each year.
Since Cameron, weve also had several friends who have been diagnosed with cancer, Howell said. Weve contributed to funds, and even given out haircuts for charity. Our experiences have definitely made us more sensitive to this issue. Of course, most people are aware of it, but unless youve dealt with it on a personal level, where its been your friends or your family, you dont know how hard it can hit you.
During this holiday season, Howell wants her neighbors to remember the children undergoing cancer treatments from Fred Hutchinson, many of whom have been left bedridden and wheelchair-bound by declining health, who nonetheless remain so sweet, smiling and full of life, because every day is a precious gift to them. So if we can give them some extra presents this Christmas, that would be awesome.
Magic Shears Styling Salon is located at 306 N. Olympic Ave. in Arlington and may be contacted by phone at 360-435-3833. You may also log onto the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Web site at http://www.fhcrc.org.