BROOKSVILLE — In August, when Andrea Means-Montmarquet went to Colour Concepts Hair Design salon for her regular haircut, she confided in her longtime hairdresser and friend Carrie Hanks that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The women at the salon immediately offered to help in any way they could, but Means-Montmarquet told them she wanted to help others.
After talking over options, she decided to start a Relay for Life team composed mostly of young Girl Scouts from Means-Montmarquet's daughter's troop and their families.
"I've known these little girls since they were in kindergarten," said Means-Montmarquet, 42, the mother of two girls, ages 11 and 12. "And these moms are like sisters to me."
She said the women at Colour Concepts Hair Design have been huge supporters of her recovery.
When her hair was falling out, she said, the salon was closed so that no one other than Means-Montmarquet's family was there while her head was shaved.
"We just want to do everything we can do for her and pitch in any way we can for her," said Hanks.
Means-Montmarquet's Relay for Life team is working together with stylists from Colour Concepts Hair Design on Saturday by offering 100 percent of all haircut proceeds to her "Fighting Like Girls" team.
Five operators will be cutting hair and no appointment is necessary.
"As soon as we put the word out we got lots of volunteers," said Hanks.
Means-Montmarquet's team and 15 local vendors including Pampered Chef, Mary Kay and PartyLite, will be on site with baked goods and raffle tickets for sale. The team is selling T-shirts that say, "I fight like a girl for you and me with a future cancer free."
"Most of these women are local women and they're all coming along to help me in my fight," she said. "I'm a survivor and I intend to win this fight."