Walk into Salon Piper Glen on Rea Road, and you'll hear the stylists talking with customers about their breast cancer awareness fundraiser.
Pink balloons hang in the doorway and pink informational leaflets are stacked on the front counter.
The salon, which opened 15 years ago, started the fundraiser in May after one of their own was affected by the disease.
Shannon Langley, 41, said she came into work one morning in March and broke down in tears. Her mother, Wendy Walker, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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"I am close with my mother, so I was destroyed," said Langley. "My mother's mother had died of breast cancer and I couldn't help but wonder if there was a gene in our family for cancer."
It was Walker's diagnosis that prompted Langley to get a mammogram. While she waited for the results, Walker was told her cancer could be removed with a lumpectomy and would require no additional treatment.
The day before Walker's surgery, Langley received a call from her doctor.
"They told me the tests didn't look good and to come in right away," she said. "I started shaking and crying and yelling into the phone that I couldn't come in because of my mother's surgery. I felt defeated and lost."
Angela Alexander, a stylist at the salon, said Langley is the rock of the bunch and to see her break down was unbelievable.
"We've all been close friends for 10 or 15 years," said Alexander. "We are like sisters. We all know each other's mothers and are so involved in each other's lives that we all felt this with her."
Alexander said she began brainstorming with stylists Sara Wolfe and Carrie Perry. "If it hadn't been for others donating money for research, Shannon's mom might not have had such a good fighting chance," said Alexander. "We thought we'd give other women the same chance."
Langley said she couldn't believe how much support she received from her co-workers.
"I felt so moved and loved," she said. "I can't even put it into words."
After successful surgery, Walker was declared cancer free. And Langley learned after more testing that she did not have cancer.
Langley said she felt grateful for the results and was compelled to move ahead with the salon's fundraiser.
The fundraiser began May 3 and will run until Aug. 28, when the stylists and some clients will run in the Warrior Dash, a 3.08-mile race and obstacle course in Huntersville.
Although the race doesn't raise awareness for cancer, Alexander said the salon is using the event as a way to celebrate their achievement. The salon staff hopes to raise $10,000 to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure before the race.
Race registration is $50 and the salon will be accepting donations prior to the race.