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People Taking Action: Hair salon owner spends thousands to help breast cancer survivors

Posted at 7:47 PM, Nov 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-04 22:20:36-05

Chesapeake, Va. - We shine our spotlight on a Chesapeake hair salon owner who spent thousands of dollars helping some breast cancer survivors feel like they were top models. So NewsChannel 3 went to her salon and surprised her with a People Taking Action Award.

When we arrived it was Tamiko Williams was not looking for the spotlight. But I shared with her, it was an email by Regina Harper-Foreman that got me to hair salon, an email that told me about a huge breast cancer awareness fashion event organized by Tamiko. Fourteen breast cancer survivors were treated to a very special day including hair stylists, manicures, make-up---the works. They were celebrated all at no cost, courtesy of Tamiko and her staff of Unique Total Design Hair Salon.

I asked Regina, who has been cancer free for 10 months, what the event meant to her?

"Loved, um, actually have some attention that was actually good for a change, not attention from doctors and nurses. It was a break."

Other breast cancer survivors who were there, like Emma Brown...agree. "It was just beautiful. They took their time with us. We were beyond pampered. We were spoiled. We were actually spoiled."

Regina figures with all the services provided, plus the rental of the venue, this extravaganza cost her a few thousand dollars, but knows it was worth it.

"We will always remember them and they are very special to me, so that's what I did what I did."

And some of the stylists say they learned alot about breast cancer awareness. Kimberly Artis says it was a real eye opener.

"It was just very educational. Things I didn't know to look for--now I know to look for."

We presented Tamiko with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action Award along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank. But Tamiko wants all the attention on the survivors.

"It wasnt' about me. None of this was about me, all of this was about them, about making them special,  about making their day, about making them happy."