Sometimes all you need to start something great, is a spark. And for Dennis Mitchell, more commonly known as “Denny Moe“, one of Harlem’s most famous barbers, this spark was being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2010. Once diagnosed, Denny Moe realized that there were many men in his area that were unaware of the various illnesses like Type II Diabetes as he had been, and so he set out to change this. Using his influential position and his relationships with celebrity customers like Eddie Murphy, Bobby Brown and Ne-Yo, he created Cutting for a Cure.
This year’s Cutting for a Cure event, the third annual one of its kind, took place from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24 at Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem. The event was a two-day hair cutting marathon that helped to raise participants’ awareness of illnesses while at the same time giving them free haircuts. Funds that were raised from the event were used to acquire medical professionals from Harlem Hospital, Iris House and Barbershop Quartet who gave customers medical information and free health screenings in order to raise their awareness of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, kidney disease, hepatitis and HIV.
In addition, participants were given private health consultations, recommendations for affordable health care resources, fantastic live entertainment and healthy, satisfying food.
The event was sponsored by ITriage, a worldwide health care company that provides users with an app that allows them to discern what health issues they have and where they should go to receive the best treatment for their illness. The event was an overall great success in raising awareness on diseases and health concerns.
Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop
2496 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Harlem, New York