Mo Hardy is the owner of Visions Hair Studio in Waterloo. She's also a cheerleader when it comes to supporting cancer patients.
"I haven't been through it before, so I can't begin to imagine what it's like, but if I can be their cheerleader and really keep that positive attitude with them, that's what I'm gonna do," Hardy said.
One of her clients, a two-time breast cancer survivor, got her involved with Relay for Life of Black Hawk County. Most recently she joined the survivorship committee.
Besides relay for life, Hardy is the lead volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good... Feel Better program. Last year, nearly 500 Iowans benefited from the free seminars.
"It's a two-hour program that allows them to come in and be pampered. Really know they are beautiful and know they can put makeup on and fix their hair and not let cancer destroy them," Hardy said.
She said maintaining a positive attitude during cancer treatments is key, and these sessions are just one way she can help with that. She also helps boost spirits by providing and styling free wigs.
"Anyone who's in need of a free wig either has to call us at Visions Studio or at the cancer office," she said.
Hardy's efforts to help fight cancer don't end there. Each October, Visions Hair Studio offers pink hair extensions for $10 to benefit Relay for Life.
She encourages others to also become a cheerleader for the cancer patient in their lives.
"Get them involved in activities that will keep their attitude positive, and come out to Hawkeye Community College next June and join Relay for Life. Do your own awareness to keep fighting for a better treatment or a cure," Hardy said.
The 2012 Black Hawk County Relay for Life is set for June 15 and 16 in Waterloo.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner