Salons to help stylist hurt in Boston Marathon attack

Celeste Corcoran (left) with her daughter Sydney last week after Sydney was discharged from the hospital.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Celeste Corcoran (left) with her daughter Sydney last week after Sydney was discharged from the hospital.


Among the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings was Celeste Corcoran of Lowell, who worked one block over from the finish line as a hairdresser at Emerge Spa & Salon on Newbury Street. As word spread of Corcoran’s injuries — she lost both legs in the blasts, and her teenage daughter, Sydney, was also badly hurt — hair dressers along Newbury banded together for what they are calling Celeste-a-thon, to be held all day Monday. The co-owners of Emerge are coordinating the event, in which two dozen participating salons will donate proceeds from their appointments that day to Corcoran’s recovery fund.

“We were getting so many calls from stylists who wanted to do something, so it was a collective thing,” said Marti Mercer, the salon director for Emerge and its sister salon, G2O. “They gave money, but they wanted to physically do something. We had to have a cut-a-thon and it all just came together.”

She said people should book their appointments as soon as possible as time slots will go quickly, but that walk-ins are also fine.

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