Hair’s 2 Hope From 1 Head 2 Another

Brookfield Village

Katie Schmitt, the face of the new 29ten Salon and newest business owner to the Brookfield Village is immediately proving to fit right in perfectly with our neighborhood and community. Katie has 13 years of salon and management experience and has even practiced abroad. We are so excited that she chose this location. The previous salon, Sunnyside Hairdressers, had provided salon services in that same building for decades. Katie was sure to preserve the existing charm while adding her own touches throughout the renovations and with the help of a dedicated staff, was able to remain open and continue to serve clients. Plans for the building’s new “do”  have proven successful, revealing its true character since they began chiseling 29ten into its very own, uncovering a lot of the building’s original history as they continue to restore most of the building’s original features.



In the midst of preserving, restoring, and renovating the 1904 building, I asked if Katie would possibly be interested in cutting my neighbors’ hair for donation, after renovations were finished of course, and she agreed to the opportunity. As a month or so passed, my neighbor asked if I would see if Katie was able to cut their hair on May 10; it would make  for an even more special moment with his aunt’s birthday, the aunt for whom he was donating his hair in memory of, falling on   May 11, Mother’s Day. Regardless of the somewhat nearing end of the building’s construction and the short notice, she accepted.


On May 10, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Katie and her staff closed shop at 4pm with each volunteering to stay and offer help, after business hours, on this special day. My neighbor Phil Haldemann, a fellow Village resident owner, and his girlfriend Erika were finally getting the opportunity to donate their hair; each having two very different reasons and to two very different causes.

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Phil decided to grow out his hair during ‘Movember‘  of 2012 (a cause created to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health). He stated it was, “Just a spur of the moment type thing that turned into a year and half of growing it out.” Erika had once donated her hair back in high school to “Locks of Love.” She exclaimed that she “was astounded to find out that they charged the patient for their wigs based on the recipient’s family income!” They specifically researched various  organizations that would not charge patients for their hair replacement systems and were impressed to find PANTENE® BEAUTIFUL LENGTHS and a private, non-profit organization “Wigs for Kids.”
girl5-stick-figure[1]Erika’s donation is being sent to “Wigs for Kids” a private, non-profit organization that relies solely on donations. Phil’s donation is being sent to PANTENE® BEAUTIFUL LENGTHS program to support women with cancer and in memory of his aunt that had passed away. His aunt, Laurie Simon, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In fact, back then it was so rare that there was little to no treatment previously available. Laurie was only the second diagnosed case found in the U.S.  with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the central nervous system and had the worst prognosis, according to the ASCO. His mother said that her sister, “fought with radiation and chemotherapy and underwent a bone-marrow transplant,” when it finally claimed her life at the early age of 30 on Thanksgiving Day back in 1990.

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For over 30 years, “Wigs for Kids” has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, burns, and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.”
Pantene Pro-V in partnership with the American Cancer Society has a wonderful program, “Beautiful Lengths.” So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to Cancer patients across the country.


th (11)To count the many reasons as to why I love my neighborhood and the Village it is in, would not provide any real justice. This story, however, is only one of the many great benefits and is definitely at the top of my list. The best part of this story…my daughter Kierra, 9, and I had the opportunity to join in on this much-anticipated occasion. I feel that it is important for the younger generation to see that, not only are there positive people in this cruel and confusing world, but that it is important to surround yourself with positive people in efforts to do positive things to make positive changes. In times of despair when it seems hope is lost, acts such as this, can do nothing more than bring joy to those it reaches.


I would like to thank Katie and her 29ten staff, Sue Rainer and Lynn Gipril for cutting their hair, her assistant Lisa and her sister Kelly for great conversation and help with pictures,  and Phil and Erika for your selfless contributions and allowing me the opportunity to spread the word. I would like to express and extend this gratitude, not just from myself, but from my family, and our community. It is because of people like you that makes a positive impact on this community and makes this Village area so special.  I love being a Villager, even more so, I am proud to be raising my family in an area that morals and values have not diminished..

  “I encourage everyone to make a difference. A small act of kindness on your part can make a huge difference in the life of someone who needs it.”~Erika Dux

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About MelzyWelzy

ABOUT YOU I was born a Brittman. ~~1.- Once upon a time, I was born in Colorado 2. I was raised on the East Coast, Philadelphia, but mostly in New Jersey. 3. I do not believe that I have ever lived in one place for more than a year growing up (the parental units had stability issues, either that or they ran away from their family, which is funny because they say that kids are mirrored images of their parents, which than I have been blaming the wrong people...hahaha) 4. My father tells me all the time that I was adopted and that my real name is Nicole... 5. I was FORCED to move here, ripped away from my family and friends,and got stuck, but THANX to facebook, I have been able to reconnect with some friends that I grew up with here and there and I have also been able to reconnect with my family out east as well... 6. I met husband of twelve years on a blind date sixteen years ago, which I did not want to go on because the previous blind date was a nightmare, but I did which than leads me tooo... 7. I have 2 very awesome children, Kaleb(10) and Kierra(6) 8. Wisconsin, so I hear, is a great place to raise your kids, but the weather SUX, just make sure the kids are bundled nice and tight and that they don't stick their tongues on any metal poles...I love that movie… 9. I have a pretty awesome family, including the newest additions, Cathleen and Taylor, It's very cool to have a new sister that doesn't blame you or anyone else for their life sucking even though there is plenty reason to, I told her to run but she stayed (I am still investigating the theory that there was some type of blackmail or bribary conspiracy there)She has given me a beautiful niece and nephew and the AWESOME Shmaylor Taylor!!!! Speaking of my Nephew, Gavyn, AKA The Beast, he's 4 going to be 5, and they call him the beast because he will look so very sweet walking towards Sean and BAM punch him in the gonads or the face with absolutely no warning, which I find Hi-larious because sometimes I wish I could do that with 1 or both of my brothers, hahaha 10. I am very jealous of my sister Sarah because she has the ability to sing Erykah Badhu better than Erykah Badhu, I have even considered signing her up for American Idol. 11. My extended "in-law" side of the family is pretty great as well, my mother-in-law is a bit of a nag, but she really only has the best intentions, or at least that's what I tell myself. 12. MY HAIR HAS A PERSONALITY OF ITS OWN! 13. I love BACON, you can use it for so many things, baste a turkey, wrap a steak or chicken, bacon is multi-cultural, ooh baconnaise, bacon salt, you can use it for soups, salads, and sandwiches, you can even use the grease to s FAVORITE QUOTES Always forgive your enemies - Nothing annoys them so much. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out. I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder. For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain. Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no? If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. Many people quit looking for work when they find a job. When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film. You know the speed of light, so what's the speed of dark? Join The Army, Visit exotic places, meet strange people, then kill them. I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone. Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't. Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more.(Friend or Money !) Death is hereditary. There are three sides to any argument: your side, my side and the right side. An consultant is someone who takes a subject you understand and makes it sound confusing. Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference. When you're right, no one remembers. When you're wrong, no one forgets. Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking. They say hard work never hurts anybody, but why take the chance. Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours. If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side. Where there's a will, there are five hundred relatives. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. Edit
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