Ray Leonard, Showing Compassion When Cancer Strikes

Feb 21, 2014

Ray Leonard
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

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For women going through chemotherapy, many may think that hair loss must be the least of their concerns.

Quite the contrary, it can be one of the most traumatic aspects of chemotherapy: a loss of their identity and a clear reality of their disease.

Ray is a hairstylist women with cancer turn to when they experience hair loss, but they often come away with more than just a wig.

“He makes you feel so comfortable from day one,” said Carol Goldstein, who was stricken with cancer three years ago. “He’d come in and spend an hour and a half, or longer with me, sometimes two hours. He’s just so compassionate, sweet and kind. When you’re able to talk to someone, it is like therapy.”