HAIRraising for Boston Children’s Hospital was founded in 2009 by beauty industry legends and longtime business partners, Gail Federici and John Frieda. HAIRraising is a charitable initiative that brings together the salon and hair care industries to help seriously sick children by supporting the #1 pediatric hospital and research facility in the United States. HAIRraising’s annual one-day Cut-a-thon, now in its eighth year, inspires hundreds of salons to open their doors and hearts, provide special services and fun activities, and donate all proceeds to Boston Children’s Hospital.
My business partner Gail Federici and I started HAIRraising to help sick children and support the groundbreaking research and lifesaving cures that Boston Children’s Hospital is known for world-wide.Gail and her family have experienced firsthand one of the many Children’s Hospital miracles, so we’ve brought the salon and hair care industries together to help. We’ve had so much support from some of the biggest names in the business and we’re consistently overwhelmed and amazed by the level of commitment this effort receives from salon owners and stylists. It’s a special community coming together for a special cause, and for that we are very grateful.
My daughter Alex was born with congenital heart disease and by the time she was 8, she needed extensive open-heart surgery. My husband and I were determined to find the best cardiac surgeon in the country. When you have a sick child, it feels like you have no control. But the one thing you can control is picking the best doctors and placing your faith in them. Everyone we spoke to recommended we visit Boston Children’s Hospital. Alex’s condition required a team approach, at which Children’s really excels. Cardiologist James Locke, MD, first closed a hole in Alex’s heart by inserting through a catheter, a tiny umbrella-like device which he invented. Then Dr. Aldo Castenda performed open-heart surgery to correct additional serious problems. It was a terrifying and vulnerable time, but the Children’s team is so reassuring and supportive. After surgery, Alex was a completely different child. She sang and danced all the time – she still does! Children’s was so amazing to us and we want to do everything we can for other sick children, their families and the team of dedicated doctors and staff that work so hard everyday to make life better for all of us.