A Spokane woman who shaved her head as a show of solidarity for her sister who has cancer quit her job at Northern Quest Resort and Casino after she was made to feel embarrassed for shaving her head.
Friends and family members who shave their heads in support of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are sometimes told to cover up because their look is offensive. In this case, Melanie Strandberg wouldn't stand for it, and her stand has sparked a firestorm of support from the worldwide cancer community.
Melanie's sister Marissa has cancer. First it was ovarian but now cancer has shown up in her sister's colon.
"She's amazing; she's the most amazing person I know," Strandberg said.
Marissa's chemotherapy treatment starts this Thursday, so, two weeks ago, to show her support for her sister, Strandberg shaved her head.
"It's great. It's very uplifting, believe it or not," she said.
But her world of hope and sisterly solidarity shattered when Strandberg said managers at the salon at Northern Quest, where she was a hair stylist, did not approve of her new look.