click image to zoomFrom Left: Michele Long, Wella Regional Business Manager; Johnny Kincaid, husband of Chemo Buddies Founder and Charity Challenge Grand Prize Winner Kelly Henning; Jill Kincaid, Chemo Buddies Founder; Rich Norris, COO for Oncology Hematology. Wella, the salon professional division of P&G, is proud to announce Kelly Henning from Boonville, Illinois as the Hairdressers At Heart™ Charity Challenge Grand Prize Winner. She will receive the $10,000 award for her compelling dedication to community outreach programs that reach over 17,000 patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments this year.
Chemo Buddies, Henning's nonprofit, grassroots organization was launched after the passing of one of her long-time clients, Karen. Karen’s family quickly jumped into action with Henning to organize a group of dedicated volunteers who provide companionship to cancer patients while they are in the treatment room receiving chemotherapy. Chemo Buddies also provides care items such as healthy snacks and fruit, caps and hats, blankets, and various games and books.
Henning says, “We are here because we believe that no one should ever have to go through chemotherapy alone.” She explains, “I was inspired to take action by a beloved client who passed away after a long fought battle with cancer. While going through treatments, she was heartbroken and shocked as to how many people go through it alone. Our goal is to make the process a more comfortable and life-giving experience physically, mentally and spiritually. This is a game changer for the organization that relies solely on day to day donations. ”
“I’m so proud to be able to present this award to Kelly on behalf of Wella,” says Michele Long, Wella Regional Business Manager. “Her outstanding efforts in rallying her salon and community to vote for her entry in the Charity Challenge were second to none. Our program was designed to empower passionate individuals to make a bigger impact lives and to raise awareness about important causes such as Chemo Buddies.”
In addition to the $10,000 Grand Prize, Wella will award 19 other Charity Challenge finalists a total of $43,000 in Charity Challenge awards this calendar year. The other winning entries are (listed by award level and in alphabetical order):
Two (2) First Prizes of USD $5,000: Beate Assmuth-Ong for Beauty to the Rescue, Mane Attraction Salon, Phoenix, AZ; Brenda Laufersweiler for Leader Dog, Exclusive Hair By Brenda, Fort Dodge, IA.