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Get a haircut that makes a difference during the Great Clips cut-a-thon

The 28th annual Great Clips cut-a-thon will take place from Saturday, August 28, through Friday, September 3. Great Clips salons are donating a portion of proceeds from each haircut to support the school re-entry program at Children’s Minnesota. This program helps kids with cancer and other serious illnesses go back to school with confidence. The Great Clips cut-a-thon has raised more than $1.6M for the school re-entry program to date.

In addition, throughout the month of August, Great Clips customers can purchase a cardboard backpack for a donation of a $1 or more, and receive a $2-off coupon for their next Great Clips haircut. Each location will also collect donations.

Children’s Minnesota’s school re-entry program

The Children’s Minnesota school re-entry program helps address the medical and emotional needs of a child returning to school after battling serious illnesses.

Getting a hair cut at Great Clips

The program helps educate classmates, teachers and parents. Services often include providing resource materials, phone consultations and/or a visit to the school by a child life specialist. Designed for flexibility, the program tailors its services to meet the needs of each child and family.

Great Clips cut-a-thon background

In 2019, the 27th annual cut-a-thon was held in memory of Brett Wieber, who passed away earlier that year at the age of 33 after a long battle with cancer. The annual cut-a-thon started 29 years ago when local Great Clips franchisee and real estate agent Regina Finkelstein helped Brett’s parents, Margi and Dean, find a home. Brett was battling cancer, so Regina decided to start the cut-a-thon to raise funds for Children’s Minnesota. After the first year, the school re-entry program was founded.

“When I met Margi and Dean, I was struck by their story and knew I had to do something to help families like theirs,” said Finkelstein. “Brett fought a long and hard battle and was a joy to know.”

Watch on WCCO

Rachel Calvert, child life manager at Children’s Minnesota, joined WCCO to talk about our school re-entry program.

Great Clips and Children’s Minnesota

For more than 20 years, Great Clips has been a champion for the patients and families of the Children’s Minnesota community. Through its many different initiatives, Great Clips has awarded Children’s Minnesota with more than $1.6 million to help fund the school re-entry program. Children’s Minnesota is proud to partner with Great Clips in their efforts to help kids in their communities.

Great Clips is the presenting sponsor for Shine Bright for Cancer Kids

Shine Bright for Cancer Kids is a fundraiser for Children’s Minnesota, the home of kid experts. We have the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorders program in the Upper Midwest. Donate online or shop with a participating business to help children like Cullen and Mikayla keep fighting. Your gift supports everything from special therapies to life-saving research to mortgage and rent relief. With your help, we can make every day a little brighter for them.