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Cedar Crest resident gets special haircut to help Locks of Love

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January 23rd, 2009

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ Two and a half years ago Ruth Slezak decided to get a haircut. This doesn t sound out of the ordinary. However, what made this haircut special was that once the Cedar Crest resident was finished having her hair cut at the community s very own hair salon, she presented her locks to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Now in 2009 her hair has grown back and she again decided that it was a bit too long. ' It was time for another cut and time to extend a helping hand to the organization she aided a few years back. ' When it gets to the point where it gets caught in the car door it s a little too long, said Slezak. When Cedar Crest hair stylist Joanne DiMartino was asked if Slezak s hair was difficult to cut she remarked No not at all. Just one snip! ' Slezak decided to grow her hair long after injuring her shoulder several years ago. She said that it is easier to maintain her hair when it is longer, but that when it gets too long it is time for a cut. Cedar Crest Executive Director Cathy Guttman said, The simple act of getting a hair cut is something that many of us do on a regular basis, but Mrs. Slezak has turned it into an act of true kindness and is an inspiration to us all. I applaud her for finding a way to reach out to a very worthwhile cause and for providing a special gift to a child that can hopefully make them smile. Slezak, who was a nurse for 19 years, said that she wishes she could convince more people to go the route she did and donate to Locks of Love. Hair is hair. It will grow back, she said. More than 1,800 people live at Cedar Crest, an Erickson full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Retirement Communities is one of the leading national developers of full-service retirement communities. Headquartered near Baltimore, Md., Erickson has built an innovative network of communities that combine a maintenance-free active lifestyle with an ever-expanding host of amenities, social activities, and wellness and medical centers, proven to improve both physical and mental health. ' In 2008 and 2009, Erickson was named by FORTUNE as being one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, ' and in 2008 Cedar Crest was named the 14th Best Place to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ Magazine. For more information about this story, please contact Tony Ciavolella, public relations manager, at 973-839-9377 or 732-425-4635. ###