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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Illinois ranked 9th in the U.S. in breast cancer, according to the latest survey conducted by the CDC in 2011.

    Sandra Plasencia, 41, salon owner of Havana Nights Spa at 4754 N. Lincoln Ave., has always been involved with the beauty industry and decided to dedicate her passion to help others. She came to Chicago 13 years ago from Havana. In honor to her country of origin she named the business Havana Spa.

    “I give [the cancer breast survivors] back their beauty,” said Plasencia. “A little bit of what life took from them.”

    Plasencia specializes in eyebrow restoration and nipple reconstruction with permanent makeup.

    “Women, when they look at themselves in a mirror and they see that everything is there they feel better about themselves,” said Plasencia.

    She decided to open a business in Chicago because women in Havana always wanted to look good.

    It was hard for her to open a beauty salon in Cuba.

    “In Cuba, there is no opportunity for business,” said Plasencia. “The government wouldn’t allow you to open a business. Especially back then in 2012. It’s very hard to find the supplies.”
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