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Winnipeg stylists battle cancer with scissors, razors

The battle against cancer took on the sound of snipping scissors and buzzing trimmers Wednesday in the centre court of the Shops of Winnipeg Square in downtown.
The battle against cancer took on the sound of snipping scissors and buzzing trimmers Wednesday in the centre court of the Shops of Winnipeg Square in downtown. 1:32

The battle against cancer took on the sound of snipping scissors and buzzing trimmers Wednesday in the centre court of the Shops of Winnipeg Square in downtown.

Buffie & Co. Salon Spa signed on this year to help Shael Lander and his crew from 360 Hair & Nails for their third consecutive year of the fundraising campaign, Cut for a Cure, to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
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      A dozen stylists and estheticians took over the open space at centre court with a row of table and chairs. And you didn't need to travel far down the line of stylists or clients to find people personally affected by cancer.

      Buffie Cantafio, owner of Buffie & Co. Salon Spa, said that both she and her husband have lost grandparents to cancer and "there are several people in our salon that have been affected by cancer, like family, friends and even our own clients."

      Lander's mother-in-law, who didn't smoke, battled lung cancer for six years before losing that battle six months ago.  

      Mirisol Seguel, who has been growing her hair for over two years heard about the event and decided it was time to visit some scissors.

      "My husband today told me that in the news they were cutting the hair for the cancer society so I said, OK, today is the day," she said, adding she had an aunt who had cancer years ago in Chile.

      With raffle draws, haircuts for $20 and manicures for $10, Lander and his team of volunteers are hoping to do more than 200 cuts and styles and surpass the $7,500 they raised for the Canadian Cancer Society at last year's event.