Safeway supervisor dyes his hair for cancer awareness

August 2, 2012

By Katie Larsen

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Funky hair colors can be seen across school campuses, but seeing them on employees at the local Safeway store is a bit odd.

Supervisor Joel Stringer, from the Coal Creek Safeway in Newcastle, dyed his hair bright blue for prostate cancer fundraising for the month of June.

Newcastle’s Coal Creek Parkway Safeway supervisor Joel Stringer dyed his hair blue to create awareness about prostate cancer funding in June.

“It helps me educate them on prostate cancer research awareness and I’ve also met two survivors,” Stringer said regarding his customers.

It wasn’t the first time Stringer has done something extra for fundraising. For breast cancer month, he dyed his hair pink.

“Customers may look at him funny sometimes but I think the employees like it,” Store Manager Brett Dow said. “It kind of raises everyone’s awareness.”

Stringer got the dye from Party for Less. It is a permanent dye but some rinses out, so he uses a mixture of hair gels, one regular and one blue, to retain the color for a month. Dow said he wouldn’t dye his hair blue but if the store meets its goal, he will shave his head.

“Up here in Newcastle, everyone is like, ‘Wow, that’s really cool,’” Stringer said. “I look at it as awesome because everyone likes it and donates generously.”

Safeway also sells $1 baby blue bracelets and $2.99 reusable grocery bags with all but 99 cents of the bag purchase going directly to cancer research at the Seattle Cancer Alliance.

The Coal Creek Safeway is at 6911 Coal Creek Parkway.


Katie Larsen is an intern at The Issaquah Press. Reach her at

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One Response to “Safeway supervisor dyes his hair for cancer awareness”

  1. Your Company Story. Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About | Imelda Dulcich PR & Social Media on August 6th, 2012 2:12 pm

    [...] The next time I was in the store, Joel recognized me and told  me that he received recognition from both organizations. I was happy to see the newspaper gave him coverage, too. “Can I buy you a coffee to thank you?” asked Joel. I told him that the whole point was for me to thank him. He did a little extra in his job – and I appreciated his efforts. Here’s the article on Joel [...]

  2. Safeway supervisor dyes his hair for cancer awareness | katherinelarsen on January 21st, 2013 8:44 am

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