East Tremont hair salon owner diagnosed with community support for return

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An East Tremont hair salon owner who was forced to close her business after being diagnosed with cancer finally reopened on Sunday.

Sedonia Bonnie Croom was welcomed back after undergoing treatment and the support of all her clients.

Croom has had her shop on Crotona Avenue since 1967 and in all her years she has never missed a day of work. But that all changed last summer when she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Four months later, his door was open again.

Customers were packed inside the Croom boutique on Sunday afternoon, delighted to see their hairdresser and confidant back.

Croom has been undergoing chemotherapy since June and after a much-needed break, she has reopened her salon to clients.

The journey has been difficult, but this one, according to her, is worth fighting for.

The Bronx native said the experience opened her eyes to the value of life.

Croom added that she wouldn’t be back without the customers she serves every day.

Croom still has more chemotherapy treatments to come, but she said when she’s at the salon, she feels more alive.

Croom’s journey through cancer even inspired her to build new private rooms in her living room to accommodate clients who might also be undergoing chemotherapy and prefer a more private visit.

Her clients have also created a GoFundMe to support her journey.
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