Tuscaloosa Salons Team Up to Help 6-Year-Old Battling Cancer
Three Tuscaloosa area salons are coming together for an all-day 'Cut-A-Thon' this Sunday to raise money for a local child battling cancer.
Remington Waters, 6, is heavily involved in sports, particularly basketball and baseball. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in his abdomen and bone marrow in January, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found throughout the body. He is currently undergoing his second of four rounds of chemotherapy.
The community is coming together to help the Waters family get care for Remington, including a recent silent auction of items ranging from a stay in an Orange Beach condo to a football signed Nick Saban, as well as an upcoming charity travel baseball tournament.
This week, a close friend of the Waters family wanted to pitch in. Rindy Hodges, owner of R&Co Beautique hair salon, began organizing a fundraiser event at her business.
"Remington is a precious kid, and extremely determined," said Hodges. "After he first got out of the hospital, he wanted to jump right back into baseball practice. He didn't want to miss a single game."
Hodges felt compelled to help Waters' family, especially after the outpouring of love and support she received after her brother, former UA football player "Rowdy" Harrell, and his wife Blakely were killed in a car crash while on their honeymoon late last year.
"People gave so much - spiritually, financially, and physically," Hodges said. "I got the call about Remington in the middle of the night, and the last time I received a phone call like that was about Rowdy... I wanted to repay that support for a family who doesn't know what lies ahead of them."
She soon started to reach out to friends of friends, stylists at other local salons, and it was suggested that they could reach more people by each holding simultaneous events at their own salons, and reaching out to other stylists throughout the city to swap shops for the day.
Participating salons include R&Co Beautique on Greensboro Ave, Hair Etc. off of Highway 69 near Shelton State, and Salon Mia Bella in Northport.
All three shops will offer haircuts for $10, eyebrow waxes for $5, and color services for $40. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Waters family.
Lori Linn, the owner of Hair Etc., said this is a great way she can give back to the Waters.
"We are having such a huge response to this. It's really amazing," Linn said. "It's awesome, all of us coming together. I really never felt like we needed to compete in the hair industry in this town anyway."
The event will go from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all three salons. If you're unable to book an appointment, they are accepting walk-in's. Regardless, those just looking to contribute can go to the R&Co. or Hair Etc. Facebook pages to reach out. They are accepting contributions on both Venmo and PayPal for those wanting to donate directly. For more information, visit the Rem's Warriors Facebook Page.
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