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Cut Out Cancer Moving to West Hartford, Honors Milano Salon and Spa and Scholarship Winners

Milano Salon & Spa and two West Hartford students were honored for their commitment to Cut Out Cancer, which will operate at the Mandell JCC. Courtesy photo

Milano Salon and Spa and two West Hartford seniors were honored in a heartwarming ceremony celebrating Cut Out Cancer, which going forward will operate at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford.

Submitted by Kelly Boscarino, Mandell JCC

Milano Salon & Spa, the place where the compassionate journey of Cut Out Cancer began eight years ago, was celebrated and honored on May 25 for their unwavering support and generosity towards cancer patients.

Sergio Gurciullo and Valerio Gurciullo, brothers and joint owners of Milano Salon & Spa, opened their doors on the second Monday of every month to provide salon and spa services, along with food, comfort, and abundant love to hundreds of individuals fighting the difficult battle against cancer.

In recognition of their remarkable commitment, Cut Out Cancer presented Sergio and Valerio with a special tribute, highlighting their selflessness and the invaluable contribution they have made to the lives of those affected by cancer. Their salon, which became a sanctuary for cancer patients, will now transition to Cut Out Cancer at the J, located in the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, ensuring that the compassionate work and support continue for those in need.

Cut Out Cancer at the J will operate on the third Monday of every month, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This ongoing initiative will provide a comfortable and welcoming space, offering relaxing services designed to support and comfort cancer patients undergoing treatment. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience complimentary massage, acupuncture, mini facials, and/or a haircut, style, or shave. Additionally, guests can engage in art projects, enjoy refreshments, and socialize with others in a safe and nurturing environment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend or support person to join them during their visit.

Moreover, the ceremony also honored two outstanding young women who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and maturity as high school students, impressing the Cut Out Cancer board with their remarkable initiatives and personal sensitivity to the realities faced by individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Both students have shown unwavering commitment to the cause, as they also support their moms who are battling cancer. Their personal experiences have further fueled their dedication to ensuring that every person fighting cancer receives the support and care they need.

Kellyann Taylor, a senior at Hall High School, exhibited exceptional leadership by creating the Cancer Kids First program, which has had a profound impact on the lives of numerous children and families. Through her visionary approach and tireless efforts, Kellyann has brought comfort, joy, and hope to those affected by cancer in her community.

Rachel Giroux, a senior at Conard High School, showcased her leadership abilities by organizing a highly successful softball fundraiser that contributed substantial funds to Cut Out Cancer. Rachel’s determination and passion for making a difference have played a crucial role in supporting the organization’s mission.

Cut Out Cancer, together with Milano’s Salon, expresses heartfelt appreciation to Kellyann and Rachel for their exceptional commitment and dedication in the fight against cancer. Their contributions serve as an inspiration to all and embody the spirit of compassion and unity needed to combat this devastating disease.

To register for the Cut Out Cancer at the J services, individuals can visit www.mandelljcc.org/care or contact Sharon O’Brien at 860-231-6333.

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