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A beauty salon in Encino was buzzing on a Sunday afternoon in late August. More than 200 people visited Epic the Salon throughout the day, getting haircuts, looking longingly at bake-sale goods and browsing through hundreds of items up for silent auction. As they swayed to the music of a DJ, the guests knew their money was doing more than changing their hairstyle: Every penny spent at the day’s event would go to City of Hope — a biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with a focus on fighting cancer and other serious diseases. The event, dubbed Cuts for a Cure, was held in loving memory of Barbara Klass. After a two-and-a-half year struggle with lymphoma, Klass succumbed to the disease in August 2009.

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