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Cut Up for Life raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  Hundreds lined up to get a quick hair trim at the Chattanooga Market.

But with every cut they hope to save a life. It was a part of the 18th annual Cut Up for Life fundraiser for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

"From social support services, medical care, prevention education, HIV testing," said Matt McAdoo.

McAdoo says 1,300 to 1,400 people in Hamilton County have HIV.

"What we're seeing in Hamilton County is what we're seeing in the south east, which is there is an HIV epidemic," said McAdoo.

25 percent of those who have it don't even know it, which means the risk for spreading it is high.

If treated, many will live life normally and the virus will virtually be undetectable.

However, not everyone is as lucky.

"I had a friend that passed away with HIV/AIDS," said Pam Womack.

While 15 years have passed since Womack lost her dear friend, the hurt is still there as she cuts hair without him.

"I wish he could be here to be able, because he was a hair dresser as well. I worked beside him for a very long time,” said Womack.

The sweet memories are what led to the donation of her businesses' time and resources to Chattanooga care to help people just like her friend.

"I think what they do for the community is wonderful and if we can just give back a little bit, we're glad to do it," said Womack.

If you'd like more information on Cut Up for Life or Chattanooga CARE, click here.
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