After Joliet Patch wrote about Salon David Anthony offering free haircuts for cancer survivors two weeks ago, anonymous donors came forward to help and a steady stream of customers were taking them up on their offer.
However, the numbers dwindled last week after someone stole the sign reading "Free cuts for cancer survivors all month" outside the business, salon co-owner Anthony Roy said.
He and co-owner David Schmidt want people to know they are still offering free haircuts to survivors of any kind of cancer until the end of the month. And they are hoping that their sign gets returned. No questions asked.
Despite the sign being stolen, Roy said they've seen a great deal of support for their free cuts campaign.
One woman came into the Joliet salon and paid for a woman's haircut, he said.
"Someone did it for her and she promised to do it for someone else," Roy said.
She told the co-owner to randomly select someone for the gift.
"She paid for a lady at the end of the night again," Roy said.
Throughout the month of October, the salon has heard a number of inspiring survivor stories. A Shorewood man heard what the salon was doing and brought in bibles for them to hand out in thanks for the salon's community outreach. A three-time cancer survivor came to the salon for a free haircut and later posted a comment on her Facebook page and tagged the salon's page:
"I just had the most awesome haircut and EVERYONE is amazing! So kind and friendly ... they are all fighting the fight, too ... please support them and all your local businesses!"