RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Groups of tweens and teens — and some adults — showed up smiling at Industrie Hair Gurus in Ridgewood Tuesday: they all wanted a $10 blue hair extension.
The fundraiser benefited International Childhood Cancer Awareness Da y.
The village has a special feeling for the cause because of the late Michael Feeney, one of its native sons who succumbed to Ewing’s Sarcoma in November 2013.
The life-loving and effervescent Michael — popular with his peers, the police and everyone around town — was only 10.
Whatever he did, he used to say he was having his “best day ever.”
People came to Industrie to honor his spirit, which lives on.
His mother, Jill Hartman Feeney, who heads up the Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever Foundation , gets her hair done at the Godwin Avenue salon.
All the money collected for the extensions, and on $10 raffle tickets for prizes donated by local companies, is going to the global campaign.
“I want to thank Doreen (Papathanasiou) and the entire staff at Industrie Hair Gurus for honoring Michael,” Jill Feeney said.
“A big thank you also to all the businesses who donated generous prizes for the tricky tray.”
She also thanked every single person who took time out of their day to support childhood cancer research.
“Jill is one of the nicest people ever,” said Industrie coowner Denise Guerriero. “This was something we could do and give back to the community.”
Businesses who donated merchandise for the tricky tray include: Baking Grace of Hawthorne; Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, Pinot’s Palette, WholeFoods, Bookends and Pazzazed, all in Ridgewood; and The Curious Reader and Starbucks in Glen Rock.
International Childhood Cancer Day is an annual event created by Childhood Cancer International, a global network of organizations in 93 countries spanning five continents.
The Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever Foundation raises money to create “best days” for sick children and their families.
It also raises money to research cures for Type 1 Diabetes and pediatric cancers as well as for the Chief Michael Feeney Junior Police Academy in the village.