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Businesses join forces to fight cancer

By Staff | Dec 31, 2010

(Submitted photo) Barbara Burger, at right, presents a $300 donation to Joan Fell, executive director of Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, Inc.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, Shepherdstown resident Barbara Burger represented three small business owners and friends during a presentation to the Hagerstown, Md. Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, Inc.

Burger is one of three small business owners who joined together in an effort to keep Breast Cancer Awareness alive beyond the month of October.

Cooperatively, Elizabeth Diggs, owner of Liz’s Beauty Salon of Kearneysville, Michelle Burger, owner of Eugene’s Hair & Nail Salon of Plainfield, N.J. and Barbara Burger, owner of Burger Travel of Shepherdstown developed the Half & Half Breast Cancer Awareness holiday fundraiser. The fundraiser culminated on Dec. 18 with a winner from North Carolina.

Family and friends from New Jersey to Florida participated in the fundraiser.

“We didn’t know how well this would catch on especially since it was so close to the Christmas holidays, but we were hoping that our friends and relatives would help in this effort,” Burger said.

In a tour of the Hagerstown facility, Burger saw many of the items that are available free of charge to cancer victims, including wigs, head caps and wraps, bras, a support group area and more.

“As recently as November, we lost a dear friend to breast cancer, and her sister is finishing up radiation treatments for the disease,” Burger said.

Diggs, Michelle Burger and Barbara Burger thank everyone that helped and hope that next year we will reach a larger audience and raise more money.