What a Girl Wants expo to help local woman in need

Every woman wants a good haircut, a good outfit, some nice jewelry and some time to relax.

More than 85 vendors will be on hand during the ninth annual What a Girl Wants women’s expo staged Jan. 21 at Green Haven Golf Course. All $2 entry fees will be donated to Lori Haugen, a single mother of two fighting a rare form of cancer.File photo by Sue Austreng

More than 85 vendors will be on hand during the ninth annual What a Girl Wants women’s expo staged Jan. 21 at Green Haven Golf Course. All $2 entry fees will be donated to Lori Haugen, a single mother of two fighting a rare form of cancer.File photo by Sue Austreng

Well, that’s just what the ninth annual What a Girl Wants women’s expo has to offer. The event takes place at Green Haven Golf Course, 4-9 p.m., Jan. 21.

And this year, women’s expo organizer Darcy Board also believes what a girl wants is to help a girl in need.

That “girl” is Lori Haugen, a 35-year-old single mother of two little girls who is battling a rare form of cancer. Board said all $2 entry fees for the expo will be donated to Haugen, a resident of Coon Rapids.

Wendy Culley, Haugen’s sister, described the journey that led Haugen to want good health more than anything else in the world.

“In February 2012 Lori was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer in the lining of her uterus and she underwent a hysterectomy,” Culley said.

“This past July, she started having very bad pains in her leg … a scan showed a large tumor on her sacrum and also tumors on her lungs.”

Haugen has already endured an aggressive cancer-fighting regimen that included radiation and chemotherapy and yet, she is still at stage four.

“Lori has been unable to work since August because of her severe pain,” Culley said.

And so, Board decided to use the women’s expo as a way to help a girl in need.

The What a Girl Wants expo features more than 85 vendors offering special prices and deals and introducing everything from clothing and jewelry to home and garden items, hair cuts, curls, colors, spa treatments and more.

Drink specials and dinner are also available during the expo, and most booths are offering free giveaways, too, Board said.

And while you’re enjoying girls’ night out, you can document the fun you’re having by snapping a picture in the What a Girl Wants photo booth.

Green Haven Golf Club is located at 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information about What a Girl Wants, call Board at 763-218-1855 or email her at whatagirlwants2005@hotmail.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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