Mondays at Milano

On the second Monday of the month, Milano Salon & Day Spa in Bloomfield offers free services to women undergoing treatment for cancer with a program called Mondays at Milano.  The project, created by a non-profit called Cut Out Cancer, was inspired by the award-winning documentary, Mondays at Racine, about a similar program at a salon on Long Island.  Cut Out Cancer was formed by West Hartford residents Ronit Shoham, Rachel Marcus, Sharon Conway, Ayelet Shozik, Cindy Horowitz and Carrie Shaw. Milano Salon & Day Spa owners, brothers Sergio and Valerio Gurciullo, agreed to open their salon and volunteer the time, services and staff to the cause. On a recent Monday, about 25 women had appointments at the salon to pamper themselves with a variety of services including hair cuts and color, manicures and pedicures, facials, and reiki treatments in a loving and supportive environment. To read Julie Stagis’s story, click here.

BLOOMFIELD 02/10/14 Mirtica Aldave, of West Hartford, (right) hugs hair stylist Darcy Apicella, of Newington, after Apicella cut about eight inches of Aldave's hair at Milano Salon & Day Spa in Bloomfield during a Cut Out Cancer and Mondays at Milano session Monday morning.  Aldave was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 31 and started chemotherapy treatments in late January.  She decided to get her hair cut shorter before it starts to fall out.   CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

BLOOMFIELD 02/10/14 Mirtica Aldave, of West Hartford, (right) hugs hair stylist Darcy Apicella, of Newington, after Apicella cut off about eight inches of Aldave’s hair at Milano Salon & Day Spa in Bloomfield during Mondays at Milano. Aldave was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 31 and started chemotherapy treatments in late January. She decided to get her hair cut shorter before it starts to fall out. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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